Mark Twain Memorial Bridge

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Mark Twain Memorial Bridge
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Carries 4 lanes of I-72 / US 36
Crosses Mississippi River
Locale Hannibal, Missouri / Levee Township, Pike County, Illinois
Design Truss bridge
Total length 4,491 feet (1,369 m)
Width 86 feet (26 m)
Longest span 640 feet (195 m)
Opened September 16, 2000; 14 years ago (September 16, 2000)
Daily traffic 11,000
Coordinates 39°43′13″N 91°21′30″W / 39.72028°N 91.35833°W / 39.72028; -91.35833


The Mark Twain Memorial Bridge is the name for two bridges over the Mississippi River at Hannibal, Missouri, childhood home of Mark Twain, for whom the bridge is named. The current bridge, north of the original bridge, was finished in 2000. The bridge currently carries traffic for Interstate 72 and U.S. Highway 36. The state of Missouri has put up a stone picture of Twain on the Missouri side of the bridge.

1936 span[edit]

See Mark Twain Memorial Bridge (1936).

2000 span[edit]

The current bridge opened to traffic on September 16, 2000. As part of the construction project, U.S. 36 was rerouted further north, eliminating a dangerous sharp curve that had been on the Missouri approach. The cost of the bridge was $55 million.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Salter, Jim (2000-09-18). "Unknown title". The Courier (Lincoln, IL). Retrieved 2008-01-14.