Route 66 News

Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge

The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge that carried old Route 66 from Madison, Ill., to St. Louis gets a lot of attention from roadies and tourists.

However, there also is a bridge over the Chain of Rocks Canal a couple of miles east of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. The canal was built during the 1950s to bypass the treacherous ledges and boulders just under the water’s surface near the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. After the canal was built, barges and other water craft had a much easier time on the Mississippi River near St. Louis.

Here are Diesel Ducy’s videos at the canal bridge. You can see through the steel-mesh decking in all its terrifying glory:

Here’s footage of a barge going under the bridge: