Photo taken by Clark Vance in July 2010
You are correct that this was a safe sound bridge replacement. MODOT replaced about 554 bridges under this program many of which are of a similiar design. No thrills bridges. I assume they were designed to be as practical as possible following their practical engineering philisophy. However, I too wonder about some of their selections for replacement like this one. Replacing this bridge made no sense to me either especially considering how little traffic goes down this road. I drive over worse bridges in higher traffic areas that would have been better candidates. Only MODOT knows and they will probably not tell.
I think this and the Old US50 Viaduct linked in the main text were a "Safe & Sound" project where the goal was to replace the bridge in as little time as possible.
Here's a question - this was rated a 55 on the last inspection report. Shouldn't that mean it gets rehabbed, instead of replaced?
Yikes, did MoDOT forget to hire an esthetics advisor on the replacement bridge?
Usually even UCEB's wont look this bad. Normally there is some kind of beauty, even in an UCEB, but here I have to look real hard for it.