Murray Dam Bridge - USACE

Murray Lock and Dam Pedestrian Bridge - Southwest Approach Ramp

Pulaski County, AR


The southwest approach to the Big Dam Bridge is the second phase of a project that began in 2002. The bridge, completed in 2006, is constructed above the Murray Lock and Dam and is billed as the world's longest pedestrian bridge specifically constructed for recreational purposes. In fact, the Society of American Travel Writers named it one of the top 10 bridges to visit in the United States.

The new approach involved nearly 1,300 cubic yards of concrete and brings the bridge's total length to approximately 5,270 feet. The new leg features a 325-foot curved steel plate girder unit, MSE approach ramp, cofferdam construction and elevated observation platform.

The southwest approach provides bicyclists a route to connect with the Two Rivers Pedestrian Bridge without attempting a tight 180-degree turn. Visitors to the bridge now also have a great view of the lock and dam from an upstream vantage point. The bridge is part of the Arkansas River Trail, which attracted attention in June when area leaders signed a memorandum to continue to build, develop, maintain, operate and promote the trail system.

Mobley Contractors served as the projects prime contractor self performing the site work and bridge construction including the piling, concrete substructure, structural steel erection, bridge deck, and approach ramp.









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