Memphis & Arkansas Bridge

highway bridge in Memphis, Tennessee, United States

The Memphis & Arkansas Bridge, also known as the Memphis–Arkansas Bridge is a cantilevered truss bridge[2] carrying Interstate 55 over the Mississippi River between West Memphis, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee. People who live in Memphis call this bridge the "Old Bridge", because it is older than the "New Bridge", or the Hernando de Soto Bridge, upstream.

Memphis & Arkansas Bridge
Memphis & Arkansas Bridge
Coordinates35°7′39.02″N 90°4′32.42″W / 35.1275056°N 90.0756722°W / 35.1275056; -90.0756722
Carries4 lanes of I-55 / US 61 / US 64 / US 70 / US 79
SR 1
CrossesMississippi River
LocaleWest Memphis, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee
Official nameMemphis & Arkansas Bridge
Maintained byTDOT & ARDOT
ID number79I00550101
DesignCantilevered through truss bridge
Total length5,222 feet (1,592 m)
Width52 feet (16 m)
Longest span770 feet (235 m)
Clearance below112 feet (34 m)
Construction startSeptember 12, 1945 (1945-09-12)
OpenedDecember 17, 1949 (1949-12-17)
Daily traffic62,355 (2016)
Memphis & Arkansas Bridge
Memphis & Arkansas Bridge is located in Tennessee
Memphis & Arkansas Bridge
Location in Tennessee
Memphis & Arkansas Bridge is located in the United States
Memphis & Arkansas Bridge
Location in United States
LocationMemphis, Tennessee
NRHP reference No.01000139[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 16, 2001

The bridge also carries U.S. Route 61 (US 61), US 64, US 70 and US 79. The bridge was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.[1]

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. "Memphis-Arkansas Bridge".