Helena Bridge

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Helena Bridge
Helena Bridge.jpg
Carries 2 lanes of US 49
Crosses Mississippi River
Locale Helena-West Helena, Arkansas and Lula, Mississippi
ID number 000000000002899
Design Cantilever bridge
Total length 5,204 feet (1,586 m)
Width 28 feet (9 m)
Longest span 804 feet (245 m)
Clearance below 119 feet (36 m)
Opened July 27, 1961
Daily traffic 6,000 (2007)
Coordinates 34°29′48″N 90°35′17″W / 34.49667°N 90.58806°W / 34.49667; -90.58806
Location of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
Crossing Helena Bridge

The Helena Bridge is a cantilever bridge carrying U.S. Route 49 across the Mississippi River between Helena-West Helena, Arkansas and Lula, Mississippi.

The main cantilever span was modeled on the similar Benjamin G. Humphreys Bridge which had been built downstream by Arkansas & Mississippi roughly two decades earlier. However, the river navigation issues that led to the replacement of the Humphreys Bridge with the Greenville Bridge do not apply to the Helena Bridge, as the river curve here is far less severe than the one just upstream from the Humphreys & Greenville Bridges.

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