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Bell Bridge (Missouri)
Posted February 21, 2020, by Nick Jenkins (hodieracer37n [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge was removed and demolished on site the 1st week of February 2020

Posted February 16, 2020, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

There is a very faded sign saying "private drive". I noticed it when taking photos on the way out. I don't think it is to be believed, as this is an access to what seems to be a public park. The park was closed, but maybe only temporarily.

It appears the bridge has been repaired, and not to badly! Nice to see that it wasn't just torn down and replaced.

Posted February 16, 2020, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, it looks like the last of the old bridge is about to be removed. Westbound I-44 has used the pier from the old US-66 deck truss, but currently a new westbound bridge is being built. It appears it is done, with eastbound temporarily using the new bridge while the existing eastbound bridge is resurfaced.

I expect that in a month or two the old bridge will be removed - and in the process the piers.

I'm adding a couple photos here in the comments showing the piers. But since it isn't really this bridge I don't really think the photos belong up above.

The first photo shows all the river piers. Taken from the west bank facing east, so the north (upstream) side of the bridge complex. The narrow piers are the ones I'm fairly certain are "leftover" from the US-66 bridge.

The second photos shows the narrow, oldest piers on the left. The next one to the right is still pretty old, presumably from when US-66 was made 4-lane or maybe the first I-44. Next to the right is the newest pier. I think this is replacing the two oldest ones. Furthest to the right is the current eastbound bridge pier

Posted February 14, 2020, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

MODOT has let bids for replacement of this bridge sometime in 2020

Posted February 11, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The owner of the private bridge over Seminary Creek claims it came from the US 40 crossing of Sni-A-Bar Creek. http://bridgehunter.com/mo/jackson/private-drive/

I can't find any documentation showing a bridge at this location prior to the three span pony truss replaced in 2003 which is listed as rigid connected and which was two lanes wide.

That got me to look carefully at this location for any evidence of another bridge, and with the trees bare this pier was visible.

I'd enjoy seeing any detailed info on the construction of US 40 through this part of Jackson County.

Posted February 7, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

From "The Excavating Engineer" January 1917 via google books:

The Board of Park Commissioners of Kansas City has awarded the contract for the construction of the 71st Street bridge over the Blue River in Swope Park to the Horton Concrete Construction Company of Kansas City at $144,943 This is to be of reinforced concrete The total length of the concrete structure will be 700 and the earth fill about 280 feet This calls for about 10,300 cubic yards of concrete 6,400 cubic yards of excavation for pier bases and abutments and 4000 cubic yards of earth embankment The other bidders were as follows Concrete Construction Co List Gifford Construction Co Winston Bros Co McMillon Construction Co Petterson Norton Co Gray Construction Co The Missouri Valley Building and Iron Co The Midland Bridge Co The Union Building & Construction Co

Waddell & Son consulting engineers of Kansas City who designed the bridge will supervise the construction

Posted February 1, 2020, by Don DeHass (ddehass [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I remember this bridge. I first drove across it in 1970 in my '66 Olds Cutlass. It creaked and squeaked (the bridge, not the car) and I was glad it was no longer than it was. It seemed due to collapse at any moment. Oddly, that didn't prevent me from subsequently crossing it numerous times always wondering if I would make it to the other end. I am surprised it survived as long as it did.

Posted January 29, 2020, by Tami Brueggemann

Morse Mill Bridge was our hangout when I was younger. My friends and I spent a lot of time there. Such a beautiful place. At one point, there were plans to tear the bridge down. We started a petition to save it. I also worked as a stringer for the local newspaper and wrote articles about why this history filled structure should remain intact. Due to our efforts, they closed it to cars but left it open for foot traffic.

Posted January 25, 2020, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

https://www.rtands.com/freight/podcast-norfolk-southern-rebu...

The first Norfolk Southern train crosses the Grand River in Brunswick, Mo., after a bridge was rebuilt.

Posted January 21, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Aren't pictures 3 and 6 the same picture?Look like the same picture to me.

Posted January 13, 2020, by Janice Carman (janice [at] monroecountyappeal)

Bridge is being dismantled starting today Jan. 13, 2020

Posted January 10, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a very attractive looking culvert. Glad to see they’ve made a point of taking care of it.

Posted January 9, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

An effort has been made to preserve this culvert including complete tuckpointing and through bolts.

Posted January 8, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It is with much sadness that I must convey that this bridge has been destroyed. Driving Hunt Road on 2020-01-08 I saw a replacement UCEB.

Posted January 8, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

🤔 Somewhere there is a bridge...

Posted January 7, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It is rather vague at the moment!

Posted January 7, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Will there be any further information on this bridge?

Posted January 7, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This is a 1949 alignment of Missouri N.

Posted December 31, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Not really balusters but the typical pierced railings of this era.

The creek banks are fairly steep and overgrown, making access to the underside difficult. Best access from the west.

Posted December 31, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This structure is about the same size as the Chipman Road and Frost Road tunnels. There's no evidence that it ever carried a road.

Posted December 27, 2019, by Luke

Do I spy balustrade railings, Clark?

Posted December 24, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Posted December 20, 2019, by Skip Gatermann (skip [dot] gatermann [at] gmail [dot] com)

In 2019, this bridge is still used daily by Union Pacific Railroad to switch cars at the ICL Specialty Products plant at 8230 Idaho Avenue in the City of St. Louis. In order to access the business tracks in the facility, Union Pacific must cross the bridge in order to back trains into the plant on the north side of River Des Peres.

Eads Bridge (Missouri)
Posted December 14, 2019, by David Aynardi (daynardi [at] corellcreek [dot] org)

Additional information about the design and construction of Eads Bridge can be found at:

http://eadsbridge.corellcreek.org/

Posted December 8, 2019, by Mike (russells1985 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I found the east portal of this tunnel on 11/20/19 exactly where it is shown on map. It is still intact. See picture.

Posted December 7, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Got to visit this beaut for a few minutes before my boy graduated from basics at Fort Leonard Wood. Hope to be able to go back sometime. Also, if you visit this bridge, be sure to check out the Uranus Fudge Factory a few miles west on 66. The place was a real hoot! My daughter asked them how long they are open. She was told that Uranus is always open....Also Santa's at Uranus on December 7!!!!

Posted December 6, 2019, by Jon S Dwiggins (rooster1733 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge will be removed in early 2020 and replaced with a new pre stressed concrete girder bridge.

Posted November 27, 2019, by Anonymous

I thought that this bridge was in storage. Did it get scrapped?

Posted November 23, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The swing span has definitely been replaced Geoff. The older one used a Pratt truss format while the newer one is a Warren. The approach spans appear to be the same, and it may also still have the original swing pier.

Posted November 23, 2019, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Is this postcard view of a previous swing span (or was it heavily modified)?

Posted November 23, 2019, by Don Morrison

Just a coincidence that the report of loss was made on a Facebook post by a individual named Amanda?

Posted November 22, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wow, that’s awesome. Sure ticked me off to see it was “demolished”. Do you know if it will stay standing?

Posted November 22, 2019, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Still standing as of August 11, 2019

Posted November 22, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I see that an August update on this bridge says the demise was exaggerated. Is it still intact..?

Posted November 18, 2019, by Lyon_Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Posted November 15, 2019, by Lyon_Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The span over the railroad tracks on the Missouri side has been removed and the final 2 spans on the Illinois side will be demolished on November 18.

http://www.hannibal.net/Second-implosion-planned-for-Champ-C...

Posted November 14, 2019, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks,John.

Posted November 14, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

George,

It looks like there was a second track at one time. I am not sure when it was removed.

Posted November 14, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hats off to Clark for initially adding several of these former interurban bridges. There are many more extant in Clay and Jackson counties.

Posted November 14, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is very curious. A 1955 aerial view shows this spur is not here, while it appears in a 1963 view. At this time, it crossed the Little Blue River. The Little Blue River was realigned to the west between 1970 and 1990, leaving this bridge to cross West Fire Prairie Creek.

As for the structure, it appears this was a former turntable. I currently have no real way of knowing where the girder came from, or when it was originally fabricated. I would suspect it was fabricated around 1900, although it realistically could've come from anywhere on the Missouri Pacific system.

Posted November 14, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Wo....this thing is very interesting!! Cool pix !!

Posted November 12, 2019, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Am I seeing things or was there another bridge that was here and removed?Also is it on Bridgehunter?

Posted November 10, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm curious about this one. Shadows from 3-2015 in Google Earth seem to indicate that its an old two span deck truss, with additional truss lines added and two helper bents per span.

Posted November 10, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I found the bridge closed upon recent visit. Signs around the bridge state that you are on camera, although no "no trespassing" signs were found. Property owners on southwest corner of bridge were quickly confrontational, although were cool about it when I explained I was only photographing bridge.

Posted November 7, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This bridge was closed when I visited in the early '80s. Somewhere I have photos of a small art installation someone had placed on the roadway.

Red Bridge (Missouri)
Posted November 6, 2019, by Barbara Waisner (Waisner [dot] barbara [at] gmail [dot] com)

Since this bridge was built before the area became Mark Twain National Forrest I assume it was more populated in the early 1900s. I would love to know more about the history around the bridge. Enjoyed seeing the bridge you don’t find many like it anymore!

Red Bridge (Missouri)
Posted November 6, 2019, by Barbara Waisner (Waisner [dot] barbara [at] gmail [dot] com)

Since this bridge was built before the area became Mark Twain National Forrest I assume it was more populated in the early 1900s. I would love to know more about the history around the bridge. Enjoyed seeing the bridge you don’t find many like it anymore!

Posted November 4, 2019, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)
Posted October 31, 2019, by Jim Peeler (jspeeler [at] centurylink [dot] net)

The 'disaster' mentioned occurred when the first Mo. Pac. train from St. Louis headed for Jefferson City, carrying many passengers on this "maiden voyage and many dignitaries was crossing the first bridge over the Gasconade River when the bridge collapsed into the river.

Posted October 31, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Posted October 31, 2019, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

MoDOT has announced the bridge will close November 18 for replacement.

Posted October 30, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Comparing the 1939 and 1964 7.5' quads, it's clear that the railroad changed alignment, taking a more direct route from Martin City to Bannister Road. The rail bridges built for the new alignment and the bridge built on 118th St all date to 1954. The 1964 map shows this bridge carrying a road. The 118th St bridge continued east to Lydia St and then down to the river. This bridge carried an extension of 127th east of Holmes.

I'm going to suggest that this bridge dates to the 1954 construction of the new alignment and that the two road bridges were built over the new cut.

The 117th St bridge shows as owned by the city. The path to this one from the west was posted with a UP sign and the bridge itself was marked. I'm not sure what owner to assign.

Posted October 29, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Locals are now calling it the "truck stop":

https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/2-crashes-in-2-weeks-at...

Great pics of truck destruction.

Posted October 28, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The amount of debris in that video is staggering!

Posted October 28, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Perfect little park bridge that could be installed cheaper than a MOB.

Posted October 28, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The replacement is a steel arch culvert with faux ashlar spandrels.

Posted October 28, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I'm working my way back north to Pleasant Hill. So far a couple of typical pile trestles.

Posted October 28, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Very nice!!

Posted October 28, 2019, by Eric Kinkhorst (erick [dot] bud [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge has been replaced and the trains are running again.

Posted October 28, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Love these railings... wish they would have restored this one!

Posted October 28, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Even better! I see this is the only (known) A&P Roberts structure on a Missouri Pacific line. I would be curious if there are more examples, or if there is more to the story on this bridge. Unfortunately, I have not developed a connection for Missouri Pacific bridge information yet, as their archives is not certain what they would have.

Posted October 28, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Plaque on the SW corner has KCSSCO. There's a date which I could not read in the overcast light.

Posted October 28, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The plaque reads:

Built by

A&P Roberts

Bridge & Iron Works

Pencoyd PA

1897

Posted October 26, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like it also has a pre-1910 American Bridge Co plaque. I’m looking forward to seeing more photos of this bridge.

Posted October 26, 2019, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

repairs still underway by NS

Posted October 23, 2019, by Jeremy Ruble (saukee0 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Only two were imploded, not three

Posted October 21, 2019, by Todd Walker (mrwalk50 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Three spans imploded Friday Oct 18, 2019

Posted October 20, 2019, by Jim Peeler (jspeeler [at] centurylink [dot] net)

This was probably the old 'Pike's Peak Ocean To Ocean Hwy', which became 'Highway 8' and eventually Highway 36.

Posted October 18, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Posted October 18, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

MoDOT Will Be Blowing This Beautiful Historic Bridge To Bits Within A Couple Hours!

http://www.champclarkbridge.com/index.php/110-old-champ-clar...

Posted October 15, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Thanks, Melissa !!

Posted October 15, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Still that way, Clark. Can walk onto and to end of 1st span on south end, visited for 1st time this weekend, the thing is amazing, hoping someday it will be able to be completely traversed.

Posted October 15, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Nick,love the Sunset photos.

Posted October 14, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

2014 actually, per NBI. And a clear-cut example of a waste of money in so doing!

Posted October 14, 2019, by Rodney Harvey (jrharvey [at] nemr [dot] net)

This bridge has been replaced with a concrete bridge maybe in 2017.

Posted October 11, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

My nomination for comment of the year:

"This bridge has taken more hits than Snoop dog"

Posted October 11, 2019, by Lyon_Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Posted October 11, 2019, by KCanon (Chasesuki17 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Kudos to the builder. This bridge has taken more hits than Snoop dog

Posted October 9, 2019, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)
Posted October 8, 2019, by Barry (bllauver33 [at] gmail [dot] com )

In 1912 Champ Clark was on his way to becoming the Democratic nominee for president at the Convention being held in Baltimore Maryland. The Eastern newspapers went against him, specifically the Baltimore Sun. The nominee was eventually Woodrow Wilson. And the rest, as they say, is history. I'm glad he had a bridge named for him, he sounds as if he was a very colorful character. who

Posted October 5, 2019, by Lyon_Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

They're holding a raffle and the winner gets to press the button that implodes the old bridge.

https://wgem.com/2019/10/04/organizations-giving-away-chance...

Posted October 5, 2019, by Jim Peeler (jspeeler [at] centurylink [dot] net)

My mistake, you're right.

Posted October 3, 2019, by Luke

The RI bridge was to the north of this one.

Posted October 3, 2019, by Jim Peeler (jspeeler [at] centurylink [dot] net)

This appears to have been a branch of the Rock Island RR that ran to St. Joe from the main line at Altamont.

Posted October 3, 2019, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

A good portion of the bridge was destroyed by flooding, October 1, 2019. From NS press release:

Train service between Moberly and Kansas City, Missouri, has been suspended on account of the Grand River Bridge in Brunswick, Missouri, being out of service due to a debris strike caused by heavy rains. NS personnel are assessing the situation. There is no estimate on when the bridge will be restored to service.

Posted October 2, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Clark, thank you. The video was Amazing.

Posted October 2, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Posted October 1, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Newly digitized bridge historical bridge report containing numerous original drawings of this bridge: https://archive.org/details/gri_33125016395747/page/n6

Posted October 1, 2019, by Eric Kinkhorst (erick [dot] bud [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm surprised it lasted this long.

Posted October 1, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Saw a video this evening of this bridge being washed out, with at least the center spans completely lost.

http://www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/service-alerts/servi...

Posted October 1, 2019, by Kelly McClanahan

Reports are saying that bridge was washed out and collapsed due too flooding, only one report as now -- https://www.kmzu.com/railroad-bridge-near-brunswick-collapse...

Posted October 1, 2019, by CHRISTOPHER J JONES (milkmanchris [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge was lost due to flooding and backed-up debris on the Grand River.

https://www.facebook.com/mitch.adams.758/videos/142151768466...

Posted September 27, 2019, by Lyon_Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Preparations for demolition have already begun.

https://www.whig.com/20190927/demolition-begins-on-old-champ...

Posted September 23, 2019, by Jim Peeler (jspeeler [at] centurylink [dot] net)

The 'built date' of 1922 pre-dates US hwy. 36. At this time the road was probably Mo. Hwy. No. 8, the successor to the Pike's Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway.

Posted September 16, 2019, by Heather Wright (heathermichele4 [at] hotmail [dot] com)
Posted September 14, 2019, by Phil Duff (Duffphil [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Update on bridge replacement:

Callaway County Road & Bridge took charge of the project to replace the bridge based on the opportunity with the FLAP grant. This is after decades of a discrepancy between Boone and Callaway over responsibility for maintenance of the bridge. Callaway’s leadership on the project is greatly appreciated.

The alignment of the replacement bridge will move upstream on the Callaway side to reduce the steep grade approaching the bridge. Unfortunately, the approach will not move on the Boone side, which means the historic bridge will be demolished as part of the replacement project.

Per a call with Callaway County in September 10, 2019, they expect to put the project out for bids in early 2020 with award shortly thereafter, including demolition of the historic bridge.

Posted September 14, 2019, by Phil Duff (duffphil [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wedding on the bridge.

8/1/2018.

Larry Laucks photos.

Posted September 13, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Looks like the 1949 (original, now northbound) span is in trouble.

https://www.kmbc.com/article/modot-closes-part-of-route-291-...

Posted September 12, 2019, by Lisa Mahn (lmahn [at] jeffcomo [dot] org)

I spoke with you earlier this week, are you part of St Louis Bridge and Iron Company? Could you tell me who paid for this bridge to be build in 1886 by chance?

Posted September 11, 2019, by Lyon_Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Old Champ Clark bridge finally closed on August 30 and the deck is already in the process of being removed for demolition in October.

https://www.hannibal.net/news/20190911/preparations-underway...