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Vachel Lindsay Bridge

Vachel Lindsay Bridge

Lake Springfield, Springfield, IL

The Vachel Lindsay Memorial Bridge joins East and West Lake Drives at Recreation Point. The Bridge was built in 1933 and 1934 to simulate a multiple arch bridge, the structure is really a series of cantilevers with heavy counter weighted abutments. There are eleven spans which total 1,394 feet in length. The Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company not only made the original engineering studies but designed the major structures and acted as the consultant throughout the entire construction period. This bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.