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Re: FW: Eads Bridge/St Louis RE: Bridge/building

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The bridge is up and running now.

I seem to remember that a garbage truck smashed into a bridge support soon after its re-opening, thus closing the bridge down for about 6 months.

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Tom Barsh @ Codeware [mailto:tom(--nospam--at)]
>Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2005 2:59 PM
>To: seaint(--nospam--at)
>Subject: Eads Bridge/St Louis RE: Bridge/building
>Today's discussion of putting the pizza shop on a bridge has reminded me
>of my own thoughts about the Eads Bridge in St. Louis.
>The Eads Bridge is one of those old-timey bridges of historical and
>innovative importance, built around the same time as the Brooklyn
>(historical use of caissons, very early use of steel versus iron,
>difficult working conditions on the Mississippi river, etc).
>At the time I lived in St Louis, 20 years ago (working for Sverdrup &
>Parcel) the bridge was open to vehicles but it was in really decrepit
>condition. I don't know if it's had any refurbishment done since then
>but I haven't seen anything in Civil Engineering magazine, etc, about
>major restoration.
>The Eads Bridge is adjacent to the Jefferson Memorial (which includes
>the famous Arch and a large riverfront park), the riverboat docks, and a
>touristy entertainment district. It makes sense to include this
>beautiful structure as an attraction.
>I had in mind that the lower deck (bridge is 3 shallow arches with a
>lower through deck originally meant for trains, and an upper deck for
>vehicles and
>pedestrians) could be transformed into shoppes and restaurants, and the
>upper deck closed to traffic and made into a beautiful promenade with
>seating, flower boxes, etc. Strolling out there to enjoy the cool breeze
>along the river on a hot summer evening would be delightful.
>I guess I should be sending these comments on to the City of St Louis.
>But does anyone here know how things are these days with this bridge?
> Tom Barsh, P.E.
> Technical Support Engineer
> Codeware Inc
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