Old Liberty Bend Bridge
Photo uploaded by firstname.lastname@example.org and posted to page by John Kritos - February 2011
In 1949 the channel of the Missouri River was relocated to the south about a mile, cutting off "Liberty Bend" and shortening the barge channel. A new bridge was built, but 71 bypass (as 291 was known then) continued to cross the former channel on this bridge for twenty years until a new road was built just to the east. Southview Drive dead ends where the old abutment used to be. The replacement UCEB carries the new road over a railroad and up the bluff.
I rode over this one when my family moved to Independence. I don't remember much, but that I enjoyed both of these old trestle bridges. Probably one of the reasons I enjoy seeing old bridges was the day we crossed over the new bridges that replaced this one, and looking over at the remains after the old bridge was demolished. It's a sad image I've never forgotten.
Thanks for the picture of this bridge from my childhood.
I posted Kent's picture to the Bridge's page so that it can be viewed more easily.