Back in 2008, I ended a day of storm chasing by crossing the Missouri River into South Dakota and passed over the Meridian Bridge. I had been there before, but on May 25, 2008, I had time to stop and take some photos.
The bridge is a double-decker draw bridge, with the northbound and southbound lanes stacked on top of one another.
The bridge began construction in 1921, and finished in 1924, according to the plaque mounted on the South Dakota side. For a history of the bridge, check out The City of Yankton’s Page and the Federal Highway Administration’s Page.
It really is a beautiful bridge. If you are ever in the area, you should check it out. While I was there, a gentleman near the bridge said that it was being converted to pedestrian traffic and was being restored. I haven’t found any information on the restoration, but it is nice to think that this bridge will be preserved.
The mechanism for lifting the bridge was removed in 1984, but the large pulleys are still present on the bridge.
On the South Dakota side, there was a tasteful park that had a playground, jogging trail and a few signs with descriptions of the life on the river throughout history.
The jogging trail crossed under the bridge, and so I took a few photos from there.
I hope you enjoyed my post.