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Marais River Route V Bridge


Photo taken by Ruth Reynolds in February 2009


BH Photo #217043


Street View 


Pony truss bridge over Marais des Cygnes River on Route V
Bates County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Scheduled for replacement Summer 2018
Built 1961
Riveted, polygonal Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 140.4 ft.
Total length: 338.8 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.22185, -94.52292   (decimal degrees)
38°13'19" N, 94°31'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/366691/4231526 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 39 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 2
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 8121 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 20832 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 5.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 30, 2014: Updated by David Backlin: Updated status to Doomed
  • November 29, 2011: New photos from David Smothers
  • October 12, 2011: New photos from Ruth Reynolds


  • Ruth Reynolds - ruthmusic [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • David Smothers - davidsupreme [at] embarqmail [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net


Marais River Route V Bridge
Posted January 6, 2018, by Anonymous

Bridge to be replaced in 2018

Marais River Route V Bridge
Posted November 29, 2011, by David Smothers (davidsupreme [at] embarqmail [dot] com)

I also wanted to mention that the picture which contains the abutment of the old bridge, is taken from the deck of the current bridge. Route V was a gravel county road at the time the old bridge was in use, and when the current 1961 bridge was built, the entire road was paved, and turned into a state route. The current bridge flies over the flooplain for the most part, although the roadway 1,000 feet to the south of the bridge will still flood at times.

Marais River Route V Bridge
Posted November 29, 2011, by David Smothers (davidsupreme [at] embarqmail [dot] com)

I drive over this bridge all the time, and I'd like to know how come the deck condition gets such a poor rating. the deck is PERFECT. There is not the smallest pothole or anything on it.