The Gregarious Railfan
Eads Bridge, St. Louis
Railroad Bridges
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By Kbh3rd - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
GPS:  N 38.62894, W 90.17897

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Railroad:  St. Louis MetroLink light rail system  

Railfan Access:  N Leonor K Sullivan Blvd along the Mississippi at the Gateway Arch.

Description:   The Eads Bridge is a combined road and railway bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis, connecting
St. Louis and East St. Louis, Illinois.  The bridge is named for its designer and builder, James B. Eads. When completed
in 1874, the Eads Bridge was the longest arch bridge in the world, with an overall length of 6,442 feet. The ribbed
steel arch spans were considered daring, as was the use of steel as a primary structural material: it was the first such
use of true steel in a major bridge project.  The cost of building the bridge was nearly ten million dollars.  The Eads
Bridge was also the first bridge to be built using cantilever support methods exclusively.  The Eads Bridge, which became
an iconic image of the city of St. Louis, from the time of its erection until 1965 when the Gateway Arch was
constructed, is still in use. The bridge crosses the St. Louis riverfront between Laclede's Landing, to the north, and
the grounds of the Gateway Arch, to the south. Today the road deck has been restored, allowing vehicular and
pedestrian traffic to cross the river. The St. Louis MetroLink light rail system has used the rail deck since 1993.