Dauphin Island Bridge
|Gordon Persons Bridge|
View of the bridge from SR-193.
|Carries||2 lanes of SR 193|
|Crosses||Gulf Intracoastal Waterway|
|Locale||Dauphin Island, Alabama|
|Other name(s)||Dauphin Island Bridge|
|Total length||17,814 feet (5,430 m)|
|Longest span||400 feet (122 m)|
|Clearance below||83 feet (25 m)|
The Dauphin Island Bridge, formally the Gordon Persons Bridge, carries a 3-mile (4.8 km), two-lane section of Alabama State Route 193 from mainland Mobile County, Alabama across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to Dauphin Island. The natural channel followed by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at this location is Pass Aux Herons. The bridge separates the Mississippi Sound on the west from Mobile Bay on the east. It was named in honor of Seth Gordon Persons, the 46th governor of Alabama.
The original bridge opened on July 2, 1955. It was destroyed by Hurricane Frederic in 1979 and was replaced by a fixed precast concrete segmental bridge in 1982. The central main span was the first use of a 400-foot (122 m) span on a precast concrete segmental bridge.
On January 7, 2008, Lam Luong tossed four children, including three of his own, to their deaths off of the bridge. In March 2009, a jury in Mobile County convicted him of capital murder for the act. He was sentenced to death on April 30, 2009.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gordon Persons Bridge.|
- "Dauphin Island Bridge". "Figg Engineering Group". Retrieved 2007-12-28.
- "Press Register story". "AL.com website". Retrieved 2007-12-28.
- "Jury convicts Alabama dad of throwing 4 kids off bridge — CNN.com". CNN. March 20, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
- Figg Engineering
- Dauphin Island celebrates 50 history changing years
- Google map of bridge
- Nautical chart of bridge area