• Huether Family Aquatics Center

    Construction - July 1, 2020

  • Huether Family Aquatics Center

    Construction - July 1, 2020

  • Walnut Street

    Newly completed Walnut Street project

  • Yankton 4th of July Fireworks

    Yankton's annual 4th of July fireworks show over the Missouri River.

  • Meridian Bridge

    Winter Scene

  • Fire Prevention Week

    Fire Prevention Week

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Lewis & Clark Lake

  • Jim River Bridge

    Jim River Bridge

  • Lake Area Trail

    Lake Area Trail

  • Meridian Bridge Moonlight

    Meridian Bridge Moonlight

  • Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

    Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

  • Walnut Street

    Walnut Street

  • Bragging Rights

    Bragging Rights

  • Downtown Streetscape

    Yankton's Downtown

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Missouri River Bluffs

  • 4th of July

    4th of July Fireworks Show

  • Riverside Park

    Riverside Park

  • Meridian Bridge Fog

    Meridian Bridge Fog

  • Meridian Bridge Winter

    Meridian Bridge Winter

  • Meridian Bridge Fall

    Yankton Meridian Bridge Fall

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Lewis & Clark Lake walking trails.

  • Rockin' Ribfest

    June 3-4

  • Yankton Marina

    Yankton Marina

  • Yankton Missouri River

    Yankton Missouri River

  • Fishing the Missouri

    Missouri River Yankton

  • Meridian Bridge

    Meridian Bridge

  • Ice Sailing

    Missiouri River Ice Sailing

  • Yankton Riverside Park Winter View

    Yankton Riverside Park Winter View

  • Missouri River Yankton

    Merry Christmas

  • Yankton Discovery Bridge

    Yankton Discovery Bridge

Meridian Bridge

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meridianbridge1927The Meridian Bridge's construction changed the economy of the region. The material below provides a brief summary of its history.

The Meridian Bridge was built by the Meridian Highway Bridge Company and was completed in 1924. At the time, the bridge was the first constructed over the Missouri River. It is unique in the fact that it was constructed by a private group of investors and was originally constructed to carry vehicle traffic on the upper deck and rail traffic on the lower level. The bridge was constructed to include a vertical lift structure to allow for Missouri River boat traffic.



 The tracks on the lower level were never used and were converted in 1953 to allow the two level one-way vehicle traffic configuration. In 1984, the lift span was deactivated and the mechanism for lifting the 220' span was removed.

Additional Historic information about the bridge can be found online at the Federal Highway Authority Website - Historic Bridges.






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Yankton, SD 57078-0176
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