Mark Twain Memorial Bridge

The Mark Twain Memorial Bridge is a bridge over the Mississippi River at Hannibal, Missouri, childhood home of Mark Twain, for whom the bridge is named. The bridge, north of the original bridge, was finished in 2000. The bridge carries traffic for Interstate 72 and U.S. Highway 36. The state of Missouri has put up a stone picture of Twain on the Missouri side of the bridge.

Mark Twain Memorial Bridge
Coordinates39°43′13″N 91°21′30″W
Carries4 lanes of I-72 / US 36
CrossesMississippi River
LocaleHannibal, Missouri / Levee Township, Pike County, Illinois
Maintained byMissouri Department of Transportation
DesignTruss bridge
Total length4,491 feet (1,369 m)
Width86 feet (26 m)
Longest span640 feet (195 m)
OpenedSeptember 16, 2000 (September 16, 2000)
Daily traffic11,000

The bridge opened to traffic on September 16, 2000. As part of the construction project, U.S. 36 was rerouted farther north, eliminating a dangerous sharp curve that had been on the Missouri approach. The cost of the bridge was $55 million.[1]

See also


  1. Salter, Jim (2000-09-18). "Unknown title". The Courier (Lincoln, IL). Retrieved 2008-01-14.
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