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Memphis-Arkansas Bridge

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Overview

Photos provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Cantilevered through truss bridge over the Mississippi River on I-55 at Memphis
Location
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, and Crittenden County, Arkansas
Status
Open to four lanes of traffic
History
Built 1949
Design
Main Span: Five-span continuous Warren Through truss with polygonal top chords
Approach Spans: Two Warren Through vertical trusses, also two Warren through deck trusses
Arkansas Viaduct Approach: 19 girder spans
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 789.8 ft.
Total length: 5,220.7 ft. (1.0 mi.)
Deck width: 51.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.3 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.12751, -90.07567   (decimal degrees)
35°07'39" N, 90°04'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/766474/3891098 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Northwest Memphis
Inventory numbers
NRHP 01000139 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 32699 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 2001)
Appraisal: Not deficient
Sufficiency rating: 48.90 (out of 100)

Update Log 

  • July 12, 2010: New Street View added by Calvin Sneed
  • February 1, 2010: Updated by Calvin Sneed: Added two Warren through deck trusses on Arkansas side, along with the 2 vertical trusses
  • April 1, 2009: New photo from Channin Rosenthal
  • September 25, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • February 13, 2005: Posted new photos

Sources 

  • Wikipedia
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Channin Rosenthal
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Memphis-Arkansas Bridge
Posted August 20, 2010, by Robert Scoggin (robert [dot] scoggin [at] arkansashighways [dot] com)

I would be hesitant to climb all over the bridge. The bridges on the Mississippi are monitored.

Memphis-Arkansas Bridge
Posted August 20, 2010, by D. W. Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I noticed those too, and several of them weren't locked. I didn't dare open any of them, though, as I didn't know who might be watching. As it was, a Memphis cop did stop by as I was walking back on the eastern side to ask if I was okay. He said they get jumpers. What really excited me was the fact that the beams are large enough one can climb inside them! I hadn't a harness with me at the time or I might've gone up and gotten some really interesting pictures of the framework and the roadway.

Memphis-Arkansas Bridge
Posted June 22, 2010, by melanie

This bridge has a pedestrian sidewalk along its western side. If you walk it for a few minutes you will see a covering that you can pull off, giving you access to a ladder leading down to the pylons holding up the bridge. You can walk the pylon (which is very wide and has safety rails) under the traffic to the eastern side of the bridge and get a great view of the river. A little scary to hear the traffic overhead, but still fun.

Memphis-Arkansas Bridge
Posted January 1, 2010, by Melanie (mckay1144 [at] comcast [dot] net)

I moved away from Memphis in 1983. I was wondering if there are still pygmy goats living under the bridge?

Memphis-Arkansas Bridge
Posted December 4, 2007, by crowleysridgegirl

The Hernando-DeSoto bridge shifted when supports were being driven around the pilings for retrofitting earthquake equipment.This ground is continually shifting due to the instability from the New Madrid Fault line.

Memphis-Arkansas Bridge
Posted September 20, 2007, by Ervin Hoffmeister (ervinhoff3 [at] suddenlink [dot] net)

This bridge may be old but it is sound!

The new Hernando DeSoo Memphis bridge carring Interstate 40 Trafic was just shut down for over nine hours on 8-27-07 because A pier on the Arkansas approach sank nearly 4 inches during construction.

I feel Newer is not Always better. They do not build bridges with pride like in the eaerly 1900's and thus they canot withstand any lane additions . You know as well contractors get bonues for coming under budget or faster buildg of the structure. So the job is just minimum. This bridge will still be standing probably 33 yaers from now if it is maintaned and will be nearly 100 years old.

Memphis-Arkansas Bridge
Posted August 5, 2007, by Boyd (Boyd [at] bigstring [dot] com)

This bridge is in need of replacing. It's old and very narrow especially for Interstate 55 Traffic. Its time to replace for a much newer bridge.

Memphis-Arkansas Bridge
Posted March 9, 2006, by joel adams (adamsjoel4 [at] aol [dot] com)

How long it took to build, this bridge?

How many lives were lost? While building this bridge?

How deep is the mississippi river?

How much it cost, to maintain the maintenance?