Cairo Ohio River Bridge

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Cairo Ohio River Bridge
Coordinates 36°59′37″N 89°08′46″W / 36.9935°N 89.1462°W / 36.9935; -89.1462Coordinates: 36°59′37″N 89°08′46″W / 36.9935°N 89.1462°W / 36.9935; -89.1462
Carries 2 lanes of US 51 / US 60 / US 62
Crosses Ohio River
Locale Wickliffe, Kentucky and Cairo, Illinois
Maintained by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Design Cantilever bridge
Total length 5,863.7 feet (1,787.3 m)
Width 20 feet (6.1 m)
Longest span 800 feet (240 m)
Clearance above 19.6 feet (6.0 m)
Opened 1937

The Cairo Ohio River Bridge is a cantilever bridge carrying U.S. Route 51, U.S. Route 60, and U.S. Route 62[1] across the Ohio River between and Wickliffe, Kentucky[1] and Cairo, Illinois. Of all the Ohio River crossings, it is the furthest downstream; the Mississippi River can be seen while crossing the bridge and looking westward.

This is an authorized truck route.


Construction was awarded to Modjeski and Masters and the Mt. Vernon Bridge Co.[2] It was finished in 1937 and rehabilitated in 1979. Today the Cairo Ohio River Bridge is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Missourian, Southeastern. "Ohio River bridge between Cairo, Wickliffe reopens". Southeast Missourian. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Cairo Ohio River Bridge". Retrieved 3 September 2012.