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I grew up in St. Louis and used to spend time on the levee many years ago under the shadow of Eads Bridge on hot summer days. It was a pretty daring structure in its time, with its graceful iron arch spans. The story goes that people were skittish about walking across it, so Eads loaded up the lower level with railroad locomotives to demonstrate how strong it was.
Eads was quite the engineer. He owned a shipyard during the Civil War and built ironclads for the navy for use in battles on the Mississippi trying to break through at Vicksburg. Even more amazing than the bridge, though, are the pilots on the Mississippi who race mile long barge tows downstream in midchannel without (usually) hitting the bridge piers.
In later years, the bridge fell prey to the same decay that afflicts most of the St. Louis inner city, although the town and the bridge seem to be making a gradual comeback.
-----Original Message-----
From: Timothy Allison [mailto:t_allison(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2005 5:39 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: FW: Eads Bridge/St Louis RE: Bridge/building

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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