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Martin Luther King Bridge



Overview from southwest

Photo taken by James Baughn in September 2008


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Cantilevered through truss over the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri, and St. Clair County, Illinois
Open to 2 eastbound lanes and 1 westbound lane.
Built 1951; rehabilitated 1987. Lanes reconfigured October 2009.
Cantilevered subdivided Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 962.6 ft.
Total length: 4,008.8 ft. (0.8 mi.)
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 19.4 ft.
Also called
Veterans Bridge (original name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.63086, -90.17846   (decimal degrees)
38°37'51" N, 90°10'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/745608/4279590 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Granite City
Land survey
T. 45 N., R. 7 E., Sec. 13
Inventory numbers
MONBI 3954 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22645 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 22.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)

Update Log 

  • December 7, 2012: New photo from Mike Fahrenbacher
  • September 20, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • August 21, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • April 29, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • February 15, 2011: New photos from Mark Dellbringge
  • May 9, 2010: New photo from Robert Stephenson
  • April 5, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • October 21, 2009: Updated by Kim Harvey: bridge to reopen this evening
  • October 12, 2009: Updated by Kim Harvey: IDOT started construction project on the bridge
  • June 4, 2009: Updated by Kim Harvey: upcoming road work on bridge
  • November 16, 2008: New photo from Kim Harvey
  • September 18, 2008: New photos from James Baughn


  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Kim Harvey
  • MLK Bridge lane reconfiguration
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mark Dellbringge
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Mike Fahrenbacher


Martin Luther King Bridge
Posted July 25, 2015, by C.M. Conkle (msplinter1964 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Martin Luther King Bridge
Posted September 29, 2009, by Sharon Spear (sweetsexysharon [at] gmail [dot] com)

A new article posted today, 9-29-09, giving the dates that the lane closures will occur.


There's LOTS of comments posted on this article too. Most of the comments tend to disagree with the new configuration of one west bound lane and two east bound lanes. The comments seem to be from people that travel the bridge during rush hours.

Martin Luther King Bridge
Posted September 10, 2009, by Sharon Spear (sweetsexysharon [at] gmail [dot] com)

Due to the number of accidents on this bridge, next month IL DOT will begin work to turn this four lane bridge into a three lane bridge. There will be one lane westbound and two lanes eastbound with a barrier in the middle. The bridge will also get a fresh road surface during this time.

The full article can be read here:


Martin Luther King Bridge
Posted February 4, 2009, by BUD KISO (budkiso [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Hi, Thanks for all of the cool pictures. Is there a way to get more dimensions (height of towers etc.) for the bridge?

Martin Luther King Bridge
Posted January 31, 2009, by charles (charleshaigler [at] hotmail [dot] com)

How about putting up bridge weight and height limits on and under bridge?