Monday, June 6, 2011

Irvin S Cobb Bridge Run Paducah KY Brookport IL

Irvin S Cobb Bridge Run Paducah, KY  to Brookport, IL

The Irvin S. Cobb Bridge, completed in 1929, is currently a steel decked two lane bridge on US 45 that connects Brookport, IL to Paducah, KY.   The original pavement was concrete, but was removed approximately 40 years ago to make maintenance easier.   The main span, a Parker through truss, is 711.0 feet, which is the second longest simple truss span in the world. The rest of the bridge is made up of three Warren pony trusses on the approaches and nine polygonal, subdivided Warren through trusses. The bridge, which has a deck width of 19.7 feet and a vertical clearance of 14.1 feet has a total length of 5385.8 eeft.

Built by:
  • Harrington, Howard and Ash
  • Rouse Construction Co.
  • Union Bridge & Construction Co.
  • Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Bridge was originally a toll bridge, with the toll booth located in the corner on the Illinois approach where the bridge is widened. The toll booth was finally removed in 1954 after 25 years of collecting tolls.

Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb (June 23, 1876 – March 11, 1944) was an American author, humorist, and columnist who lived in New York and authored more than 60 books and 300 short stories.  Cobb was born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky, where the events and people of his childhood became the basis for much of his later works.  He started in journalism on the Paducah Daily News at age seventeen, and became the nation's youngest managing news editor at nineteen.

I created the following video of the bridge to try and catch some of that "Blues Brothers" feel of running down Chicago's Lower Whacker Drive. I, of course didn't get anywhere close to that, but it was fun to make and I think works kind of well to give you a feeling of flying across the bridge.


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