The bridge has 6 lanes 3-3 not 4, 2-2 with no brake down lanes
Eh, it probably isn't the best bridge in the world, but I like it myself. Upgrades or a twin span could be built to alleviate its issues, certainly.
It does have 4 lanes even though there is no emergency lane. The bridges in Cairo, Illinois are WAY scarier!! I love this bridge, mostly because I live in Memphis and I remember when they put the lights on the bridge. Sentimental reasons I guess.
This bridge is almost as bad as the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati but not that old. A Twin Structure ought to be built parallel to this one.
67.30 Sufficirncy rating
What is the rating of this bridge as of August, 2007. I have always been afraid on this one and the collapse in Minnesota has not helped.
There are no emergency pull-off lanes on this bridge. If a car stalls or stops for any reason, it stalls or stops in a traffic lane. There have been numerous crashes as a result of this deficiency. Many have resulted in fatalities. One crash, involving a DUI driver, sent a small child over the side of the bridge. He fell ~80' to his death.
What does this mean?
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete