Poplar Street Bridge
|Old Church Street Bridge||4 furlongs|
|Newton Heath Lock No 69||4 furlongs|
|Droylsden Road Bridge||3¼ furlongs|
|Newton Heath Footbridge||2 furlongs|
|Tannersfield Lowest Lock No 68||½ furlongs|
|Poplar Street Bridge|
|Tannersfield Middle Lock No 67||½ furlongs|
|Tannersfield Footbridge||1½ furlongs|
|Tannersfield Highest Lock No 66||1½ furlongs|
|Back Lane Bridge||3½ furlongs|
|Sisson Street Bridge||5 furlongs|
- Morrisons (Grocery Store)
145 yards to the northwest.
- The Hurtlocker (Residence & Other)
460 yards to the northwest.
- McDonald's Restaurant (Fast Food Restaurant, Burger Restaurant)
575 yards to the west.
- Express Gifts (Professional Services)
294 yards to the northeast.
- McDonald's (McDrive) (Restaurant)
601 yards to the west.
- Prezzo, The printworks!! (Italian Restaurant)
1016 yards to the east.
- Brookdale Park (Park, Public Places & Attractions)
779 yards to the southeast.
- Taylor Made Gym (Gym)
468 yards to the northwest.
- Church Inn Newton Heath (Sports Bar)
645 yards to the southwest.
- Splish Splash Car Wash (Car Wash & Detailing)
774 yards to the west.
- Hong Liang (Restaurant)
172 yards to the south.
- Droylsden Road Dental Practice (Dentist)
623 yards to the southwest.
- On the 76 (Bus Line)
649 yards to the southwest.
- Foz's Fish Bar (Bar, Restaurant)
717 yards to the east.
- Windmill (Pub)
1058 yards to the southeast.
- Mare and Foal (Home, Pub)
803 yards to the northeast.
- The Crown and Cushion (Pub, Bar)
1363 yards to the northeast.
- Southport Beach (Region)
305 yards to the northwest.
- Last Orders (Nightlife)
869 yards to the northeast.
- Showmans Dentist (Dentist)
1056 yards to the northeast.
- Failsworth Metrolink station (Train Station)
1031 yards to the northeast.
- Martins Bakery (Food & Grocery, Bakery)
767 yards to the west.
- Failsworth Fitness (Fitness Center)
396 yards to the west.
- Desi lounge restaurant (Indian Restaurant)
513 yards to the northeast.
- Pawsome Pet Pad (Pet Sitter)
221 yards to the south.
- Newton heath Working Mens Club (Pub)
751 yards to the southwest.
- A1 Japspares (Car Parts & Accessories)
510 yards to the northwest.
- Performance Plaza (Community Center)
747 yards to the northeast.
- Failsworth Home Guard (Sports Club, Pub)
33 yards to the northwest.
- Newton Heath and Moston Metrolink station (Train Station)
1036 yards to the west.
Wikipedia has a page about Poplar Street Bridge
The Congressman William L. Clay Sr. Bridge, formerly known as the Bernard F. Dickmann Bridge and popularly as the Poplar Street Bridge, completed in 1967, is a 647-foot-long (197 m) deck girder bridge across the Mississippi River between St. Louis, Missouri and East St. Louis, Illinois. The bridge arrives on the Missouri shore line just south of the Gateway Arch.
Planned just before construction of the Arch, the builders in 1959 were to request that 25 acres (100,000 m2) of the Gateway Arch property be turned over from the National Park Service for the bridge. The request generated enormous controversy and ultimately 2.5 acres (10,000 m2) of the Jefferson Expansion National Memorial (which included all of the original platted area of St. Louis when it was acquired in the 1930s and 1940s) was given to the bridge.
Two Interstates and a U.S. Route cross the entire bridge. It is crossed by approximately 100,000 vehicles daily, making it the second most heavily used bridge on the river, after the I-94 Dartmouth Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Some of that load has been diverted to the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Interstate 55, Interstate 64 and U.S. Route 40 cross the Mississippi on the Poplar Street bridge. U.S. Route 66 also ran concurrently over this bridge until 1979, and U.S. Route 50 was routed over it before the Interstates were constructed. In addition, I-70 crossed the river here until 2014, when it was realigned to cross the river on the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge when it was completed in 2014. I-44 now follows the old alignment of I-70 through downtown to the west approach for the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge although motorists traveling east on I-44 must continue west on I-70 and do not have a direct connection to the bridge. The traffic was heavily congested until the opening of the new bridge in early February 2014. In 2012, 123,564 vehicles used it every day, but after the new bridge opened, congestion alleviated by almost 14%, less than the predicted 20% decline with 106,500 vehicles using it every day because total traffic across the river from all bridges increased by 7.4% over 2013 levels.
The east end of the bridge crosses the south end of what was Bloody Island which Robert E. Lee connected to the mainland of Illinois with landfill in the 1850s. During its island days several Missouri politicians fought duels there. What was Bloody Island is now a train yard.
Although the bridge's former name honors former St. Louis mayor Bernard F. Dickmann, it is most commonly referred to as the Poplar Street Bridge, with many locals unaware of its official name. The Missouri end of the bridge sits over Poplar Street, and the media started referring to it by that name long before the bridge opened. It was officially renamed as the Congressman William L. Clay Sr. Bridge in October 2013 in honor of Bill Clay.
- ^ a b "IDOT: New bridge carrying less traffic than originally expected". Belleville News Democrat. April 14, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
- ^ Brown, Sharon A. "Jefferson National Expansion Administrative History". National Park Service. Retrieved January 22, 2008.
- ^ Allington, Adam (February 26, 2008). "Blunt, Blagojevich sign agreement on bridge". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- ^ Crouch, Elisa (February 28, 2008). "Blunt and Blagojevich sign bridge agreement". KWMU.
- ^ 2008 District 6 Traffic Volume and Commercial Vehicle Count Map (PDF) (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation . Retrieved July 9, 2010.
- ^ "Crack of the Pistol: Dueling in 19th Century Missouri". State Archives Education. Missouri Secretary of State.
- ^ "$7,992,403 Contract Let for Bridge". Alton Evening Telegraph. October 1, 1964. p. A-3.
A $7,992,403 contract for furnishing and erecting the structural steel for the Poplar Street bridge over the Mississippi River, at East St. Louis, has been awarded to Bethlehem Steel Co. of Chicago.
- ^ http://www.stltoday.com/news/state-and-regional/missouri/st-louis-bridge-renamed-for-long-time-congressman/article_4aa107e9-e014-55e3-a6b5-67af8c53c9ba.html
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