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COLT - US 63 Overpass


COLT Railroad US 63 Overpass

Camera is looking east

Photo taken by John O in January 2011


BH Photo #192733

Street View 


*To see original grade crossing, open the "Street View" above^^

This viaduct was built to replace a grade crossing on U.S. 63. It is interesting to note that the grade crossing existed on a 4 lane divided highway with a 70 mph speed limit.

This alignment has always been 4-lanes from opening day. U.S. 63 was originally aligned what is now known as MO 763 until the late 80's. When U.S. 63 was bypassed to this location in the late 80's, the alignment of the railroad was shifted approximately 80 yards to the northwest for a grade crossing to accommodate for the future addition of the overpass. With the construction of the bridge, the tracks are now back on their original Wabash alignment, although now elevated for the bridge instead of a grade crossing.


Deck plate girder bridge over US Hwy 63 on COLT Railroad
Columbia, Boone County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built September 2009 - October 2010.
- Columbia Terminal Railroad (COLT)
The bridge utilizes both deck plate and through plate girder designs. It consists of 6 spans between piers, comprising 3 continuous spans. The main spans are 2 through plate girder spans. The approach spans on both sides of the main spans are 2 deck plate girder spans.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.99032, -92.28872   (decimal degrees)
38°59'25" N, 92°17'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/561599/4315943 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 47818 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Boone County, Missouri (118)
Built 2009 (71)
Built during 2000s (730)
Columbia Terminal Railroad (20)
Columbia, Missouri (55)
Deck girder (6,398)
Girder (11,346)
Have street view (29,890)
Missouri (6,570)
Modern (2,470)
Open (41,202)
Owned by railroad (13,727)
Plate girder (8,875)
Railroad (16,665)
Through girder (4,270)

Update Log 

  • November 26, 2014: Updated by Mark Shannon: History corrected. U.S. 63 was always 4-laned in this alignment to bypass a 2-lane segment known today as MO 763
  • January 23, 2011: Added by John O

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COLT Railroad US 63 Overpass
Posted December 13, 2012, by Joseph Hinson (joethephotog [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Interesting history, nonetheless!

COLT Railroad US 63 Overpass
Posted December 12, 2012, by John O (bigtex144 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The site allows for "interesting" bridges too, not just merely historic. I, personally, find this bridge to be interesting, as well as the "history" of this whole grade crossing before the bridge.