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McKinley Bridge
McKinley Bridge Crossing From East To West
Saint Louis, Missouri

McKinley Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 000060600214602.
• Location: River Mile 182.5.
• Highway: McKinley Bridge Road.
This is a photo tour of a crossing of the McKinley Bridge traveling east to west from Illinois over the Mississippi River and landing in Saint Louis. This trip was made in 2008 after the bridge was reopened following a major rebuild.

The photo above shows the park and monument at the east end of the bridge. There is a parking for people to visit the monument, and also longer term parking for those using the regional trails that meet at this location.


McKinley Bridge
The photo above is heading up the ramp to get to the bridge. The large building next to the bridge is a power plant. The photo below show our progress up the entrance ramp. The bridge officially starts where the ramp becomes concrete.

McKinley Bridge
McKinley Bridge
The photo above continues our progress driving up the ramp to the bridge. The ramp eventually narrows down to one lane.

The photo below is a quick view out the side window while traveling up the ramp. From this vantage point, we can see the truss spans that cross the Mississippi River. The first truss span is perfectly centered within the framework of this structure at the power plant substation.


McKinley Bridge
McKinley Bridge
The photo above shows our travel continuing on the steel girder section of the bridge. The curve will line up the roadway to the main bridge spans.

The photo below is our approach to the main truss spans. The white buffers block the entrance to the walkway and service road from the main traffic lanes.


McKinley Bridge
McKinley Bridge
The photo above is a quick view out the side window, where we see a view of the Merchants Bridge, and also notice that the river is at a high water stage.

The photo below is a view entering the first of the three main truss spans. Note that the bridge plate is still attached to the bridge. Also notice that while traffic is restricted to the two center lanes that run through the truss, there is a service lane on the right side, and an equal sized lane for a regional trail on the left side.


McKinley Bridge
McKinley Bridge
The photo above shows our progress about two-thirds of the way through the main truss. The photo below shows our exit from the second truss span and entry to the third truss span. Notice the rivets are visible in this view. In fact, there are an amazing number of rivets in this structure.

McKinley Bridge
McKinley Bridge
The photo above is our exit from the truss spans. A view to the left shows where the regional bicycle trail branches off of the bridge. The trail bridge will land several blocks to the south of the highway bridge.

McKinley Bridge
McKinley Bridge
The photo above shows our trip continuing on the new steel girder elevated roadway that carries traffic between the bridge and I-70. Notice the red SUV has suddenly appeared in front of us. Each time I crossed the bridge, I was illegally passed by at least one speeding motorist despite following the posted speed limits. The roadway first makes a slight left curve, then a larger right curve, and finally this sharper curve to the left. The photo below shows the final curve before the end of the bridge.

McKinley Bridge
McKinley Bridge
The photo above shows the intersection at the west end of the bridge. If you go straight, you cross the bridge over I-70, and then have the choice to enter I-70 heading east towards downtown. The photo below shows the other choice, turning to the right, and using the hastily built ramp to enter I-70 westbound heading towards the airport.

McKinley Bridge

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