Friday, March 2, 2012

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ROUTE 66 BRIDGE
STILL TAKES PEOPLE ACROSS
THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI

In 1929, the "Chain of Rocks" bridge
took cars across the Mississippi
on U.S. Route 66.

The bridge, with its famous 22-degree bend
in the middle of the crossing, became unsafe
(and "way too narrow" for 2-way auto traffic)
and so was closed in 1970.

After years of avoiding demolition,
the bridge has been renovated for pedestrian
and bicycle use, and is a popular trail today
for hikers and bikers.

The original pavement of concrete aggregate
is still in use from the 1929 construction.

The St. Louis Gateway arch and city skyline
are visible downriver, and immediately downstream
from the bridge are two water intakes
for the St. Louis Waterworks.
(Gothic and Roman style architecture.)

6 comments:

  1. Genial reportaje de esta famosa ruta y muy buenos detalles de la misma. Un abrazo amigo Rick y buen fin de semana

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  2. Excellent entry with some good photos
    Greetings. -

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  3. Very interesting! A hike I'd like to do. I always like your choises, Rick! Wish you a nice weekend.xx Anamaria

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  4. Even I, thousands of miles away, know that this is a famous road and a famous bridge. So glad that they have taken good care of it. I would love to cycle across it one day.

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  5. This beauty is to see it live!
    ;)
    You know I was going to a cafe called route 66?
    What a coincidence!
    Kisses!
    ¿Rick, I send you the painted stones?, Hahaha ...
    Ciao, amore!

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