At time of construction, the main span over the river channel of 720 feet was the longest simple truss span in the world.
More on this bridge in April 2000 Trains Magazine article by William Middleton
Written by Geoff Hubbs from Wikipedia
Not long after completion in 1917, ownership of the bridge was passed on to the Paducah and Illinois Railroad, a newly formed railroad jointly owned by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway. In 1925, the Illinois Central Railroad purchased a 1/3 share of the Paducah and Illinois Railroad, and assumed operations and maintenance, as the bridge served as an important link in their newly completed Edgewood-Fulton Cutoff route.
As of 2013, the bridge is still owned by the Paducah and Illinois Railroad, with operations managed by the Canadian National Railway and bridge maintenance/inspection managed by BNSF Railway, where it continues to see heavy use.
- Six-span through truss bridge over the Ohio River on the Canadian National Railway at Metropolis
- Massac County, Illinois, and McCracken County, Kentucky
- Open to railroad traffic
- Built 1917 for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy RR by the American Bridge Co. under the direction of engineers C. H. Cartlidge and Ralph Modjeski
- - American Bridge Co. of New York (Superstructure)
- Charles Hopkins Cartlidge of New York City, New York (Engineer for CB&Q RR)
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland (Consulting Engineer)
- Union Bridge & Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri (Substructure)
- - BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
- Paducah & Illinois Railroad (P&I)
- From north to south:
Series of deck plate girder approach spans, total trestle length 1593 feet
One riveted, 9-panel Parker through truss, 300 feet
Four pin-connected, Pennsylvania through trusses, 551 feet each
One main pin-connected Pennsylvania through truss, 720 feet
One pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt deck truss, 246 feet
Trestle deck plate girder approach, 600 feet
Total length 5663 feet
Main span offers 53 feet of river clearance at high water
Length of largest span: 720.0 ft.
Total length: 5,663.0 ft. (1.1 mi.)
Deck width: 37.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +37.14461, -88.74204 (decimal degrees)
37°08'41" N, 88°44'31" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/345288/4112335 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory number
- BH 15525 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- February 17, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
- September 2, 2018: New photos from Steve Conro
- September 15, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
- September 15, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Riveted"
- September 15, 2016: New photo from Jack Schmidt
- March 13, 2014: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected main span type--the main span is a Pennsylvania truss, not a Pratt.
- August 17, 2013: New photos from Ben Tate
- June 26, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fixed builder syntax.
- November 29, 2011: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Updated details
- October 2, 2006: Posted additional photos from the river