Mark Twain Memorial Bridge
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|Mark Twain Memorial Bridge|
|Carries||4 lanes of I‑72 / US 36|
|Locale||Hannibal, Missouri / Levee Township, Pike County, Illinois|
|Maintained by||Missouri Department of Transportation|
|Total length||4,491 feet (1,369 m)|
|Width||86 feet (26 m)|
|Longest span||640 feet (195 m)|
|Opened||September 16, 2000|
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.
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.
- Salter, Jim (2000-09-18). "Unknown title". The Courier (Lincoln, IL). Retrieved 2008-01-14.