A Foundation Engineering Trip Down the Mississippi: Foundations for Mississippi River Bridges from Minnesota to Louisiana

by Dan Brown, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), President, Senior Principal Engineer; Dan Brown and Associates, Sequatchie, TN, dbrown@danbrownandassociates.com,
Paul Axtell, P.E., (M.ASCE), Principal Engineer; Dan Brown and Associates, Sequatchie, TN, paxtell@danbrownandassociates.com,
Steve Dapp, P.E., (M.ASCE), Principal Engineer; Dan Brown and Associates, Sequatchie, TN, sdapp@danbrownandassociates.com,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2015, Vol. 19, Issue 1, Pg. 28-33


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Huckleberry Finn had his adventure, but for those interested in foundation engineering, this article will float you down the Mississippi River on your own encounter with the many bridges spanning America's waterway from Minnesota to Louisiana. From the earliest major crossing built by James Eads in 1874 between East St. Louis, IL, and St. Louis, MO, to the recently opened Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge nearby, foundation engineers have struggled for 150 years with the challenges of crossing America's primary transportation artery. Let's look at the foundation engineering works for some of the recent crossings with an occasional glance back at the work of our predecessors.

Subject Headings: Mississippi River | Foundations | Bridges |

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