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Three different centuries of Bridges To Louisville.

Three different centuries of Bridges To Louisville.

Three different centuries of Ohio River bridge crossings in Louisville.

Five spans of various design and construction in one photo. Going from farthest to nearest:
14th St. Bridge (Pennsylvania Rail Road Bridge)
First bridge across the Ohio River in Louisville.
Truss swing/vertical-lift bridge
Built 1868/rebuilt 1916-1919
Most of the bridges were built with the truss on the lower side of the spans, but two of the spans were built with overhead trusses to give clearance to steamboats passing through the Kentucky and Indiana chutes of the Falls of the Ohio before the dam was built, 1927/1929 to produce hydroelectric power. When completed, its 27 spans at 1 mile was the longest iron bridge in the United States at the time.
Municipal Bridge/George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge.
  • First passenger car bridge across Ohio River in Louisville.
  • Cantilevered Truss
  • Built 1928/Rehabilitated 1958
  • Renamed for Louisville Founder George Rogers Clark in 1946


John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge
  • Cantilevered Truss
  • Built 1961-1963/Rehabilitated 2016


Abraham Lincoln Memorial Bridge
  • Cable Stayed
  • Built 2014-2015
  • Opened 12/6/2015


Big Four Bridge
The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, and St. Louis Railroad Truss
  • Built 1895
  • Rebuilt 1928
  • Train 1895-1969
  • Idle 1969-2015
  • Pedestrian 2015-to present
  • A total of 37 lives lost in various accidents. The only bridge in Louisville that suffered serious accidents during its construction.



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