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Old 10-15-2014, 02:11 PM   #1
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Highest /tallest bridge you and your Airstream have crossed?

I'm sure you all can remember the highest bridge you have crossed, but which ones were memorable with your Airstream. I admit I get the white-knuckle sometimes, crossing some bridges without the AS.
Some don't bother me, like Confederation Bridge to PEI or New River gorge bridge in West Virginia.
But the Chesapeake Bay bridge, near Annapolis MD, east bound (the one you can see through the railings) I do not like, and will not be pulling the AS across that windy thing!

Haven't had the AS too long (5 months) I have pulled the AS across the General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge on I-65 north of Mobile AL. It wasn't windy that day thank goodness.
Tell us which ones you like or don't like
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Old 10-15-2014, 02:52 PM   #2
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I didn't like the bride over Mackinac Straights, Michigan. Seemed like it was never going to end.
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:46 PM   #3
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Bridges don't bother me but my wife gives me heXX when I point out all those ships at anchor out in the harbor while I am driving.

The time we crossed to PEI, early in the first year the bridge was open, we were the only rig on it.
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Old 10-15-2014, 04:46 PM   #4
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So far, the Crescent City Connection, formerly known as the Greater New Orleans Bridge when there was only one span, 170 feet under it at high water on the Mississippi River. That's the clearance for ships passing under it. The road surface is higher. Heavily trafficked with a speed limit of 50mph. Not that anybody goes that slow…

The bridge itself isn't scary at all, even in rain or fog or when a ship is passing under it, but the other drivers on the bridge scare the bejesus out of me, especially when they're accelerating on the down-slope and jockeying for one of the exit lanes.
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I didn't like the bride over Mackinac Straights, Michigan. Seemed like it was never going to end.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge, 24 miles end-to-end. Not very high, but they implement "no RV" restrictions on the bridge during high winds.
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Old 10-15-2014, 04:56 PM   #6
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The Texas Highway Department these days loves to build multilevel interchanges with single lane flyovers from one highway to another. The High Five at I635 and US75 has five levels, and the highest ramps are 120 feet over the road below. I always wonder if I'll get hit by one of those Texas wind gusts going over those things. At least we don't have earthquakes....
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Old 10-15-2014, 05:06 PM   #7
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I guess ours is still the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge right in our front yard. (Well, sort of. It's about 30 miles from here.) The bridge is fairly short, but 565 feet above the river. A little unnerving when you walk the bridge and feel it shake when larger rigs go across.



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Old 10-15-2014, 05:53 PM   #8
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the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay is the tallest bridge that I have towed over


always like crossing the Seven Mile Bridge because it means I'm back in the FL Keys
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:10 PM   #9
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We've been on more than a few high bridges but it wasn't a single high bridge that caused my stomach to do a couple of flips - I don't remember the exact location but it was a stretch of highway somewhere southwest of Branson, Missouri (coming from Alburquerque that day) - not a single long or high bridge but lots of small, close bridges among the hills that twisted and turned and banked between them - quite a little thrill ....
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:27 PM   #10
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I remember crossing the bridge to Galveston, Texas. I thought it was quite high. We crossed into Canada at Sault Ste Marie bridge. And last month we crossed the Mackinaw Straits bridge about 200 feet above the water. And open guard rails. And high wind warnings. It was also one I will remember.

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The Lewis and Clark Bridge is a cantilever bridge that spans the Columbia River between Longview, Washington and Rainier, Oregon. At the time of completion, it had the longest cantilever span in the United States.[1]

The bridge was opened on March 29, 1930, as a privately owned bridge named the Longview Bridge. The $5.8 million cost was recovered by tolls, $1.00 for cars and $.10 for pedestrians. At the time it was the longest and highest cantilever bridge in the United States. The state of Washington purchased the bridge in 1947 and the tolls were removed in 1965 after the bridge was paid for. In 1980 the bridge was rededicated as the Lewis and Clark Bridge in honor of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The deck was replaced in 2003–04 at a cost of $29.2 million.

The bridge is 8,288 ft (2.5 km) long with 210 ft (64 m) of vertical clearance. The main span is 1,200 ft (366 m) long and the top of the bridge is 340 ft (104 m) above the river. It was designed by Joseph Strauss, engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge.

In 1982, the bridge was entered on the National Register of Historic Places, as the Longview Bridge.[3]
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The High Five at I635 and US75 has five levels, and the highest ramps are 120 feet over the road below. I always wonder if I'll get hit by one of those Texas wind gusts going over those things. At least we don't have earthquakes....
Isn't that the one that DFW residents used to call the "Mixmaster"? I'm not afraid of the height of it (as long as it's not in winter!) I just hate it because it's too danged easy to take the wrong ramp and come out of it headed south when you want to go east…
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The Sunshine Skyway bridge to me, earns the "white knuckle" award. It is the only bridge I ever crossed feeling fear but not for towing necessarily. For a long time the collapsed section was quite visible to those crossing the other span, along with the long drop to the bottom. Just looking at it brought feelings of grief for those who died, and those who have used the span as a suicide site.

To answer the question, probably the Caloosahatchee overpass on I-75!
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Isn't that the one that DFW residents used to call the "Mixmaster"? I'm not afraid of the height of it (as long as it's not in winter!) I just hate it because it's too danged easy to take the wrong ramp and come out of it headed south when you want to go east…

Mixmaster is the name for where 45, 75, 35, and 30 come together at downtown. 20 was built south across D/FW in 1972 instead of being east of Dallas which made the Turnpike (built prior to IH system; now 30) from Dallas to Ft Worth a bear having to carry nearly all E-W traffic




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