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Old 04-17-2016, 09:49 PM   #1
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Bridge width and motorhomes.

Late spring we are headed NW and then to AK. Our tentative plans involve a stop at a COE campground near Oxford MS and then cross the Mississippi River on US49 at Helena AR. Have heard it's a narrow bridge but the specs on it are 28' wide which should be plenty if the opposing traffic maintains their lane. I didn't find a height but pictures show trucks crossing. Anyone have any experience with this crossing?

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No experience with this crossing but have crossed several bridges that make you pucker. If there are no warnings about this particular crossing I wouldn't worry about it.

Most of the time it's a construction area that causes problems. They will put the concrete barriers up close together with litter room for wide rigs. I will always remember one area in CA, no real warnings until we got into it. We made it through unscathed but I'm still a little puckered just thinking about it.
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Old 04-17-2016, 10:20 PM   #3
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The US49 Mississippi River Bridge is a legal truck route so you will be fine in your MH.

I like to use a Motor Carrier's road atlas to check unfamiliar roads. It it's legal for a semi-truck we can make in our MH's.
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The Potomac River Bridge, also called the Harry Nice Bridge on Rt.301 is a fun crossing, especially when 18 wheelers are coming the other way.
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The Potomac River Bridge, also called the Harry Nice Bridge on Rt.301 is a fun crossing, especially when 18 wheelers are coming the other way.
We crossed one year and stopped in a solid line of trucks almost up to the top of bridge for single lane construction traffic. As the opposing traffic passed the bridge bounced so bad the dishes were rattling.... DW was not amused.
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I always get a kick out of those signs



When all it means is there is no longer a shoulder--------driving lanes are still same width.

More for commercial haulers with a 'wide load' then normal traffic. (RVs etc being part of the normal traffic)
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Late spring we are headed NW and then to AK. Our tentative plans involve a stop at a COE campground near Oxford MS and then cross the Mississippi River on US49 at Helena AR. Have heard it's a narrow bridge but the specs on it are 28' wide which should be plenty if the opposing traffic maintains their lane. I didn't find a height but pictures show trucks crossing. Anyone have any experience with this crossing?

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That bridge is no problem at all with our Dutch Star. On the East side of the bridge, (North side of the road) about a half mile before the river, there is a big casino as well, easy on and off, not too shabby on the food, and they have RV parking as well. Haven't gambled there, but not a bad overnight stop if you need one!
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Spent a couple days in the Isle of Capri casino RV pads this week. Still $14 a nite for 50 amps. As previous poster said bridge is fine. Actually better then the one up in Memphis.
However, the 8 mile section of 49 from 61/49 to the bridge is the worst expansion joint road in the whole lower 48. We will only do 45 mph its so bad. But good luck safe travels.
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