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30th Anniversary of the MLK Bridge

July 16, 2006 10:29 am by

September 17th will mark 30 years of the over-sized 6-lane bridge.

At 2,151 feet long, 111 feet wide, and at one point 107 feet off of the ground, the six-lane Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Bridge is an imposing structure. Connecting Leigh Street on the west and and O Street @ Mosby on the east, the MLK Memorial Bridge replaced the “spidery” old Marshall Street Viaduct in 1976. The Marshall Street Viaduct had been erected in 1910-1911, had the trolley tracks removed in 1953, and was closed in July 1970.

Marshall Street Viaduct (date unknown)

Marshall Street Viaduct (1971)

Photo by Jack Boucher via Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record


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