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Eads Bridge

St. Louis (Independent City), Missouri
County of St. Louis (City).
Spans the Mississippi River between Missouri and Illinois
National Register Number: 66000946
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Transportation - rail - related. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2008.
Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Bridge.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 29, 1964):
This three span, ribbed steel arch bridge (1874), with an overall length of 6,442' and a clearance of 50 above high water, rests on piers that rise 193' (east) and 113' (west) from bedrock. It was designed and built by Captain James B. Eads (1820-1887), who utilized an innovative cantilever support to produce spans larger than any previously constructed. The largest bridge of its time, it linked railroads running east from St. Louis, Illinois, with those going west from St. Louis, Missouri.

Condition:
No threats at this time.

Tthe site owners, Metro, requested a downgrade in status from Priority 3 to priority 2 in 2006 while they pursued funding for repairs and re-painting. The work warrants an upgrade to "satisfactory."


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