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Gordon Persons Bridge

Gordon Persons Bridge
SR-193.
Other name(s) Dauphin Island Bridge
Carries 2 lanes of Template:Jct/extra SR-193
Crosses Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
Locale Dauphin Island, Alabama
Total length 17,814 feet (5,430 m)[1]
Longest span 400 feet (122 m)[1]
Clearance below 83 feet (25 m)
Opened 1982
Coordinates

30°17′32″N 88°07′48″W / 30.2921°N 88.1300°W / 30.2921; -88.1300

The Dauphin Island Bridge, formally the Gordon Persons Bridge, carries a 3-mile (4.8 km), two-lane section of Alabama State Route 193 from mainland Mobile County, Alabama across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to Dauphin Island. The natural channel followed by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at this location is Pass Aux Herons. The bridge separates the Mississippi Sound on the west from Mobile Bay on the east. It was named in honor of Seth Gordon Persons, the forty-sixth governor of Alabama.

History

The original bridge opened on July 2, 1955.[2] It was destroyed by Hurricane Frederic in 1979 and was replaced by a fixed precast concrete segmental bridge in 1982. The central main span was the first use of a 400-foot (122 m) span on a precast concrete segmental bridge.[1]

On January 7, 2008, Lam Luong tossed four children, including three of his own, to their deaths off of the bridge. In March 2009, a jury in Mobile County convicted him of capital murder for the act.[3] He was sentenced to death on April 30, 2009.[4]

References

External links

  • Figg Engineering
  • Dauphin Island celebrates 50 history changing years
  • Google map of bridge
  • Nautical chart of bridge area

Coordinates: 30°17′32″N 88°07′48″W / 30.2921°N 88.1300°W / 30.2921; -88.1300

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