Natchez–Vidalia Bridge

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Natchez–Vidalia Bridge
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Coordinates31°33′33″N 91°25′09″W / 31.55917°N 91.41917°W / 31.55917; -91.41917
Carries4 lanes of US 84 / US 425
CrossesMississippi River
LocaleVidalia, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi
ID number21000840010001A (westbound)
21000840010001B (eastbound)
Characteristics
DesignTwin Cantilever bridges
Total length4,205 feet (1,282 m) (westbound)
4,202 feet (1,281 m) (eastbound)
Width24 feet (7 m) (westbound)
42 feet (13 m) (eastbound)
Longest span3 848 feet (258 m) spans per bridge
Clearance below125 feet (38 m)
History
OpenedOctober 1940 (westbound)
June 1988 (eastbound)
Statistics
Daily traffic24,000 (2007)

The Natchez–Vidalia Bridge are two twin cantilever bridges carrying U.S. Route 84, and 425 across the Mississippi River between Vidalia, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi. It is the tallest bridge in Mississippi (although the demolished Benjamin G. Humphreys Bridge connecting Mississippi with Arkansas was taller by 5 feet, its main spans were located entirely within Arkansas).

The original bridge, built by the Works Progress Administration and completed in October 1940, has only two 8-foot lanes and lacks shoulders, and now carries all westbound traffic. The newer, eastbound bridge completed in 1988, has 11-foot lanes with inside and outside shoulders. Eastbound traffic is heavier, as that crossing goes into Natchez and connects with US Highway 61, where travelers can continue north to Vicksburg and south to Baton Rouge.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Suzassippi (2013-04-23). "Dedicated to the People: Natchez-Vidalia Bridge". Retrieved 2016-03-02.