Old Vicksburg Bridge

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Old Vicksburg Bridge
Mississippi Railroad Bridge Vicksburg.jpg
Mississippi Railroad Bridge Vicksburg
Carries 1 Kansas City Southern rail line, one service lane
Crosses Mississippi River
Locale Delta, Louisiana and Vicksburg, Mississippi
Maintained by Kansas City Southern Railway
Design Cantilever bridge
Total length 8,546 feet (2,605 m)
Longest span 825 feet (251 m)
Clearance below 116 feet (35 m)
Opened May 1, 1930
Coordinates 32°18′52″N 90°54′17″W / 32.31444°N 90.90472°W / 32.31444; -90.90472
Mississippi River Bridge
Old Vicksburg Bridge is located in Mississippi
Old Vicksburg Bridge
Location Spans Mississippi River on Old US 80, Vicksburg, Mississippi and Delta, Louisiana
Coordinates 32°18′54″N 90°54′20″W / 32.31500°N 90.90556°W / 32.31500; -90.90556Coordinates: 32°18′54″N 90°54′20″W / 32.31500°N 90.90556°W / 32.31500; -90.90556
Built 1928
Architect Vicksburg Bridge and Terminal Co.
Architectural style Cantilevered truss span
Governing body Local
MPS Historic Bridges of Mississippi TR
NRHP Reference # 88002423[1]
Added to NRHP February 14, 1989

The Old Vicksburg Bridge, also known as Mississippi River Bridge, is a cantilever bridge carrying one rail line across the Mississippi River between Delta, Louisiana and Vicksburg, Mississippi.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[1]

Until 1998, the bridge was open to motor vehicles and carried US 80 across the Mississippi River, though one road lane runs through the bridge for inspection by workers.

During the period when the bridge was open to regular traffic, and before the construction of a new bridge a short distance down river from the existing one, a rather unique system of operation was in place to handle the through tractor-trailer truck traffic which used the bridge. Located at each end of the bridge, there were a pair of railroad styled signal towers, which required trucks to stop. Once stopped, the towers would close off traffic for all vehicles in both directions, and then allow trucks to cross the bridge alone, using the full width of both of the narrow lanes, as opposed to staying in just one lane. Due to numerous safety concerns, crossings by trucks were limited to day time only operation, with trucks being required to wait until dawn before being allowed on the bridge.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.