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Dealey Plaza Triple Overpass


Photo taken by Patrick Feller

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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This bridge is "Debatably the most famous roadway feature in America" according to the 1993 NRHP application for Dealey Plaza. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 while his motorcade was approaching this underpass on Elm Street. His motorcade then sped through the underpass en route to the hospital.

This handsome art-deco structure was built with particular civic pride in the Texas centennial year of 1936. Other than realignment of the RR tracks on its deck, it is unchanged since construction.


Bridge over Main Street, Elm Street, & Commerce Street on Railroads (UP & DART)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
Open to traffic
Built 1936; site of JFK assassination 1963
- Austin Bridge Co. of Dallas, Texas/Atlanta, Georgia
- Austin Road Co. of Dallas, Texas [also known as Austin Bridge Co.]
- F. D. Hughes of Dallas, Texas
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
- Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT)
- Rapid Transit
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 42.0 ft.
Total length: 160.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Listed as a contributing resource to the Dealey Plaza Historic District
Also called
Elm-Main-Commerce Subway
UP Triple Overpass
DART Triple Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.77849, -96.80951   (decimal degrees)
32°46'43" N, 96°48'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/705157/3628854 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 1805709C5460001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 58240 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 30, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • May 8, 2021: New photo from Glenn Celerier
  • December 17, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • February 24, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add description, NRHP info, ref to history of JFK assassination here
  • October 10, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Addded builder
  • October 1, 2013: Added by Luke Harden