George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge -- Clarksville IN-Louisville KY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 38° 15.812 W 085° 45.103
16S E 609204 N 4235791
Quick Description: The elegant George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge on US HWY 31 spans the Ohio River between Clarksville IN and Louisville KY
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 2/23/2022 12:31:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM15TFD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member SearchN
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Long Description:
Back before Interstate highways were a thing, this elegant cantilevered Warren through truss bridge was built in 1929 to carry automobile traffic down the Western Route of the Dixie Highway and across the Ohio River between Louisville KY and Clarksville IN. (source: (visit link)

Although William Clark met his exploration partner Meriwether Lewis for the first time at his brother's nearby home, this bridge is not named for William Clark, but for his big brother George Rogers Clark, a key player in the American Revolutionary War.

Waymark coordinates are taken in the middle of the bridge. View coordinates are from the Falls of the Ohio State park in Clarksville IN.

When Blasterz visited, the bridge was half yellow and half grey - in 2020 the paint job was completed.

From the Bridgehunter website: (visit link)

"Facts

Overview
Polygonal Warren cantilevered through truss bridge over Ohio River on US 31 between Louisville and Jeffersonville

Location
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, and Clark County, Indiana

Status
Open to traffic

History
Built 1929 by the American Bridge Co.; tolls removed 1946; rehabilitated 1958

Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Modjeski & Masters of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (Design)
- Paul Philippe Cret (Architect For Pylons)
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland (Design)

Design
Polygonal Warren cantilevered riveted through truss

Dimensions
Length of largest span: 819.6 ft.
Total length: 5,746.5 ft. (1.1 mi.)
Deck width: 38.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.5 ft.

Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 8, 1984

Also called
Louisville Municipal Bridge (official name until 1949)
Second Street Bridge

Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
14,800

Inventory numbers
KY 056-B00136N (Kentucky bridge number)
NRHP 84001578 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 18825 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 49.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com"
Americana: Other

Significant Interest: Memorial

Milestone or Marker: Other

Web Site Address: [Web Link]

Physical Address:
US HWY 31
Louisville , KY


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