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Paducah Bridge

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Side view from Fort Massac State Park

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Overview
Two-span tied-arch bridge on Interstate 24 over the Ohio River between Paducah, KY, and Metropolis, IL
Location
McCracken County, Kentucky, and Massac County, Illinois
Status
Open to four lanes of traffic
History
Built 1973
Design
Steel through arch. Two main arch spans: a southern 730 foot span and a northern 630 foot span. 17 continuous stringer approach spans.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 729.8 ft.
Total length: 5,632.4 ft. (1.1 mi.)
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.13379, -88.68692   (decimal degrees)
37°08'02" N, 88°41'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/350162/4111046 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Metropolis
Inventory numbers
KY 073-B00100N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18895 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2011)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 71.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
30,500

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • July 6, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This is not the Irvin S. Cobb Bridge. Fixed name.
  • April 8, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • March 14, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.
  • February 23, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: merged data with NBI
  • January 9, 2006: Posted photo from Bill Burmaster

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Paducah Bridge
Posted September 14, 2013, by boyd daniels jr. (boyddaniels558 [at] gmail [dot] net)

THE BRIDGE ON TNE BROOKPORT,IL.SIDE IS CALLED TNE IRVING COBB BRIDGE.ON THE METRPOLIS SIDE IS THE I-24 BRIDGE.THE I-24 BRIDGE IS THE BETTER BRIDGE TO CROSS.

Paducah Bridge
Posted September 14, 2013, by boyd daniels jr. (boyddaniels558 [at] gmail [dot] net)

THE BRIDGE ON TNE BROOKPORT,IL.SIDE IS CALLED TNE IRVING COBB BRIDGE.ON THE METRPOLIS SIDE IS THE I-24 BRIDGE.THE I-24 BRIDGE IS THE BETTER BRIDGE TO CROSS.

Paducah Bridge
Posted January 16, 2009, by Jeff Rankin (warlocklord77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

In reference to Bill Belt and cmatt, I grew up in Brookport and Metropolis and can say that this is correct. The "Brookport Bridge" is officially named the Irvin S. Cobb Bridge. The bridge over Interstate 24 is, as far as I know, is simply named the I-24 Bridge.

Paducah Bridge
Posted August 25, 2007, by Elaine Degner

I have been looking for any information on a double decked bridge that crossed the Mississippi and or the Ohio river . I know that you could see two other states while standing in IL . I was 10 and it was 1949 , we were in a park with tall trees and some Indian Mounds , a plantation home with a front lawn that went to the river and a slave cabin , you could look adross the river and could see the bridge .

Does any one know of a place like this ? Thank you for any help .

e-maol me at : threedfarms@netins.net

Paducah Bridge
Posted August 6, 2007, by Bill A. Belt (texaswillie [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Having grown up in Paducah I beleive you made a mistake on the name of the I-24 bridge. The old Brookport Bridge is the Irvin S. Cobb Bridge.

Paducah Bridge
Posted May 20, 2006, by cmatt

Unless I'm mistaken I believe the Brookport Bridge over the Ohio is the Irvin S. Cobb...not the I-24 bridge.