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Dealey Plaza Triple Overpass

Photos 

Photo taken by Patrick Feller

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #267554

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Description 

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.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Main Street, Elm Street, & Commerce Street on Railroads (UP & DART)
Location
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1936; site of JFK assassination 1963
Builders
- Austin Bridge & Road of Austin, Texas
- F. D. Hughes of Dallas, Texas
Railroads
- Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
- Rapid Transit
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 42.0 ft.
Total length: 160.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Recognition
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:
Dallas
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 1805709C5460001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 58240 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
30,000

Update Log 

  • 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

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