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I57 Cairo Bridge



Driving across

Photo taken by Bill Burmaster


Cairo Bridge Tour


Driving across the I - 57 Cairo Bridge

Since I couldn't drive across the US 60/62 bridge to bird's point, I decided to record my trip across this bridge instead. I shall return once the other one opens.

Elliott Johnson

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Steel through arch bridge carrying I-57 over the Mississippi River at Cairo
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois, and Mississippi County, Missouri
Open to four lanes of traffic
Built 1978
Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 820.7 ft.
Total length: 4,088.8 ft. (0.8 mi.)
Deck width: 59.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.4 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.02417, -89.21083   (decimal degrees)
37°01'27" N, 89°12'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/303337/4099838 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
IL 002-0022 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15005 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2012)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 67.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)

Update Log 

  • October 11, 2015: New video from Elliott Johnson
  • August 20, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • January 22, 2011: New video from Kim Harvey
  • September 9, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • May 29, 2008: New photos from David B. Haun
  • August 21, 2006: Posted construction photos from Mark Frazier


  • Bill Burmaster
  • Mark Frazier - mfrazier404 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • David B. Haun
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Kim Harvey
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • Elliott Johnson - elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com


Cairo I-57 Bridge
Posted September 30, 2015, by Ranchmama (cowgirl [at] suddenlink [dot] com)

Is this heading E toward Eddyville? We are traveling there Sunday with a trailer- was dreading the thought of having to cross the Old Mississippi Cairo Il bridge and almost backed out of the trip altogether just at the thought of that but- was told we won't be going that way. This is the only other bridge I can find heading E/W into ILL on 57.

Cairo I-57 Bridge
Posted September 14, 2015, by Jason Hann (geighcun [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Drove across a few weeks ago and got one good photo.

Cairo I-57 Bridge
Posted September 15, 2007, by mike rhodes (bridgebuilderus [at] YAHOO [dot] COM)

I think the contractor on the sub-structure of this bridge was Al Johnson, a Minneapolis contractor that went out of business in the early 90's.