Multiple nominations for photos of bridges taken by Roamin Rich were presented for the annual Ammann Awards sponsored by Bridge Hunter Chronicles. This week the winners were announced and Roamin Rich’s photo of the MacArthur Bridge took first place out of many bridges from all over the world. Several Route 66 bridges were represented in the mix running for best bridge photo. The Route 66 community should be proud that one of its lesser known bridges, the MacArthur took first place. The MacArthur bridge is one of the oldest bridges to carry Route 66 and it is the only double decker bridge on Route 66 with the lower deck carrying railroad traffic. Sadly, the TRRA (Terminal Railroad Association) removed most of the road slabs from the upper deck. When interviewed by a local new station, the TRRA cited terrorism as a reason to remove the road deck. Very little of the ramps or roadbed still exist on the west side in St. Louis City. There is about one half mile of road and some bridge structures left on the east side, in East St. Louis, Illinois.
A link to the full article of all the awards given on the behalf of Bridgehunter Chronicles can be found here: FULL ARTICLE
Below is a video Rich did before the remaining portions of the deck was removed.
Still shots of the MacArthur Bridge