"As delineated by Wisconsin Bridge and Iron, the west approach to the Citizens' Bridge began at High Street in Burlington...were eight plate girder spans, from 30 to 66 feet in length, supported by steel bents. A 140' Pratt deck truss began the bridge proper. The outer end of this span was carried by Pier No. 2, which also supportes the 260' west anchor arm of the cantilevered span. The main channel span was composed of two 132-foot cantilever arms, carrying a 216' suspended span. Beyond the east anchor arm was a seried of deck truss approach spans, ranging in length from 175' to 120'. These were joined by another set of plate girders that extended to the Illinois shore.
Clayton B. Fraser
Loveland, Colorado 80637
My grandfather, C. F. Womeldorf, was the resident engineer on the Mac Arthur Bridge. I have many original photographs he took of its construction, and I am in search of any additional information I can find about the bridge construction and his role with the bridge. I recall a newspaper photograph of a return visit he made to a commemorative event for the bridge. Is a copy of this available?
Again, I have to thank Bridgehunter! Especially the facts about this bridge. My Uncle (who is now over 80 years old and my grandfather -- born in 1898) helped put the lights on the this bridge way back in the day. Secondarily, my great grandfather and my grandfather were a part of history and helped BUILD this bridge when it first went up in 1917. I have lost pictures of this bridge and their doings on it (construction photos) and this entry brings back alot of history (and great memories) for me as I lived in a nearby town. Thank you from the bottom of my heart... I really appreciate you.
Does anyone have any information about the demolition of the MacArthur Bridge? If my memory is correct, the Great River Bridge (which replaced it) as opened in 1993, but I don't know when the Mighty Mac was demolished. Any further info would be appreciated..