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Clark Bridge

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Overview
Cable-stayed bridge over the Mississippi River on US 67 at Alton
Location
Alton, Madison County, Illinois, and St. Charles County, Missouri
Status
Open to four lanes of traffic
History
Opened January 4, 1994, replacing the Alton Bridge
Builders
- Figg & Muller Engineering Group of Tallahassee, Florida
- Hanson Professional Services Inc. of Springfield, Illinois
- McCarthy Brothers Co. of River Forest, Illinois
- Midwest Foundation Corp. of Tremont, Illinois
- PCL Construction Enterprises of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Design
Cable-stayed
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 755.9 ft.
Total length: 4,620.3 ft. (0.9 mi.)
Deck width: 80.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.88156, -90.17861   (decimal degrees)
38°52'54" N, 90°10'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/744736/4307417 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Alton
Inventory numbers
IL 060-0255 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15490 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2012)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 69.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
27,800

Update Log 

  • April 14, 2017: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • March 25, 2017: New photos from David Huffman
  • December 29, 2016: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • July 25, 2016: New photo from David Huffman
  • July 20, 2013: New photos from Diane Martin
  • January 6, 2011: New photo from John Christeson
  • August 28, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey
  • July 4, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey: added contractors
  • February 5, 2007: Posted new photos

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Clark Bridge
Posted January 4, 2009, by Marcus Piper (mpiperlcpc [at] gmail [dot] com)

I live near this bridge and have taken many photos. Bald Eagles roost here in the winter and a large lock and dam are just downstream.

My photos are at:

http://picasaweb.google.com/MPiperLCPC/ClarkBridgeAltonIL#

Clark Bridge
Posted August 15, 2008, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The "companion site" to the episode of Nova, about this bridge, is called Super Bridge (it aired in November 1997) and can be found at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bridge/ which includes a clip.

The transcript can be read here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/transcripts/2416bridge.html

The DVD info is...

Item # WG27519

ISBN # 978-1-593757-42-7

UPC # 783421 27 5195

1997

...and you can buy it from WGBH in Boston:

http://shop.wgbh.org/product/show/7638

Clark Bridge
Posted July 5, 2008, by Todd Walker (hippiewalk [at] yahoo [dot] com)

If there is a NOVA DVD.....I want a copy too. I like a copy of any DVD out there documenting the Arthur Ravenel bridge in S.Carolina. I happen to have a postcard of the old "Grace" cantilever in a scrapbook I made as a child devoted to my favorite subject...."bridges". I enjoy this website as well.

Clark Bridge
Posted August 9, 2007, by Anonymous

There was quite an interesting TV special on PBS's NOVA all about the construction of this bridge. It was two hours almost lost into detail going from routing the river flow and tower construction to when the roadway was finished. This apparantly sparked interest in some young minds on bridge construction. I don't know if a DVD of this can be purchaced anywhere or if this special will ever air again. I recommend watching it. They also showed the demolition of the old Alton Bridge at the end.