General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge
|General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge|
The through-arch portion during twilight in 2005.
|Official name||General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge|
|Other name(s)||"Dolly Parton" Bridge|
|Carries||4 lanes of I-65|
|Crosses||Mobile-Tensaw River delta|
|Locale||Mobile County / Baldwin County, near Mobile, Alabama|
|Design||dual tied through-arch and beam viaduct|
|Total length||6.08 miles (10 km)|
|Longest span||800 feet (244 m)|
|Clearance below||125 feet (38 m)|
The General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge consists of dual parallel tied through archs of weathering steel and beam viaducts of concrete that form one continuous span carrying four lanes of Interstate 65 across the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta northeast of the U.S. city of Mobile, Alabama. Built from 1978 to 1980, it spans a distance of 6.08 miles (10 km) over the delta, making it, along with the Jubilee Parkway across Mobile Bay to its south, among the longest bridges in the nation. It was named in honor of Walter K. Wilson, a Chief of Engineers with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and long-term resident of Mobile. He was credited with being one of the first people recognizing the need to construct a high-level bridge on Interstate 65 over the Mobile River that would not impede waterway development. The state of Alabama named the bridge in his honor after completion of construction in 1978.
Dolly Parton Bridge
The bridge has red warning lights atop the parallel support arches. These, and the shape of the supporting arches when approached from certain directions, have caused the bridge to gain the nickname "The Dolly Parton Bridge", for reasons which should be obvious to the observer.
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- Burch, Jamie (23 July 2009). "Wreck Shuts Down S.B. I-65 At "Dolly Parton" Bridge". WKRG-TV. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
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