|20161126 6760rc, South (Kentucky) Portal|
I was shocked to read in Historic Bridges that Kentucky wants to destroy this bridge. First of all, the traffic is on I-57, not these US highways. The traffic on this bridge was light when I spent some time in the area. A streetview also shows light traffic. I think a third lane is needed on I-65 between Indianapolis and the Chicago area long before four lanes are needed here. If four lanes are deemed necessary, then I would like to agree with Historic Bridges --- build another two-lane bridge. However, the current bridge is not expected to survive a New Madrid earthquake. The largest span is 800'. [US51bridge-overview]
Downstream elevations viewed from the Fort Jefferson Hill Park and Memorial Cross
[One advantage of bridge replacements is that the some DOTs take some nice photos of the current bridge.]
|One of several photos posted about Cairo, IL by AARoads|
Input sought on replacing Cairo Bridge
|US51bridge-home and US51birdge-media, cropped|
Since Kentucky plans to replace, rather than augment this bridge, my wife's "bad" photos of high river levels become good photos of the bridge's truss members.
It is interesting that some members are lattice while others are box.