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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...

Posted September 9, 2019, by Daniel

Jerry, I believe that's a different bridge than this one. The info for this bridge lists it as a steel stringer, and google maps seems to agree.

https://bridgehunter.com/mo/boone/burnett/ I suspect that's the bridge you were looking at.

Posted September 9, 2019, by Scott Hale (mscotthale [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been closed to all traffic. Came upon it 09/08/2019.

Posted September 8, 2019, by Christopher Perry (cjp5y2 [at] mail [dot] mizzou [dot] edu)

I was very disappointed to read of this in the Lincoln County Journal today. I did not realize MODOT still retained ownership of this bridge, but yes the city has pretty much given up on the park and the volunteer "coalition" group has vanished. The city doesn't even bother to keep the grass mowed at their community center anymore. Its pathetic.

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

MO DoT stripes some of their older secondary road bridges to one lane when they are too narrow to meet standards for two lane. Leaving them two lane when they are 18 or 20 feet wide has caused accidents as well, so they mark them with warnings and yield signs and try to get people to cross one direction at a time. Most of these narrower bridges get scheduled for replacement once they are deemed too narrow for two lane traffic.

Posted September 6, 2019, by brock larkin (brocklarkin9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What were the circumstances under which it became a one-lane bridge. I've seen it cause near accidents because of this. I have been in a non-injury accident because the other driver was unaware that it is one lane.

Posted September 6, 2019, by Jerry Hampshire (jhampshire [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is closed by concrete barriers both ends. Deck boards have holes large enough to fall through.

Posted September 2, 2019, by Jim Peeler (jspeeler [at] centurylink [dot] net)

This bridge was on the "Pikes Peak Ocean To Ocean Highway", which pre-dated the famous "Lincoln Highway" so was considered the first coast to coast highway in the U.S.A.

An old service station and tourist court that sits on present hwy. 36 was originally located on the Pikes Peak Ocean To Ocean Highway at the north edge of Meadville.

Posted August 23, 2019, by Lyon_Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Update: final closure of Old Champ Clark Bridge has been delayed until sometime next week.

https://www.hannibal.net/news/20190823/old-champ-clark-bridg...

Posted August 23, 2019, by Don Morrison

What Clark said.

The tracks to the north of the old Little Piney bridge site are most likely the ones crossed by the 1923 truss.

from

https://www.theroute-66.com/arlington.html

"Later in the 1920s, the Wire Road was improved and became State Higway No. 14; in 1923 two steel bridges were built on it, one over the railway, the other across the Little Piney River, which runs just south of the town. The state highway became part of U.S. 66 in 1926."

Posted August 22, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The bridge crossed the river and the railroad. It never carried tracks.

Posted August 22, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

New photos don't seem to match the current structure. Photo 5 shows a three span slab with columns. The new photos show two spans with solid piers.

Posted August 21, 2019, by John (johntherogger [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Can someone fill me in on the history of the Railroad connection? It says the bridge once carried a railroad....what happened to that alignment? Is it the one that went to FLW or is it the mainline that goes through Jerome from Frisco? Just curious to know the origin.

Posted August 21, 2019, by Lyon_Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Old Champ Clark bridge to finally close for all traffic on August 22 and deck removal to start soon thereafter.

https://khqa.com/news/local/old-champ-clark-bridge-to-perman...

Posted August 15, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Either that "Horse traffic" really picked up in the past 10 years or this was just another case of wasting Taxpayer money.

Posted August 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Did anyone actually take them up on re-using it anywhere?

Posted August 15, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I wonder what originally sat on the stone piers.

Posted August 13, 2019, by Nathan Shirk (nathan [at] goodsmillwork [dot] com)

Do you know what happened with this bridge? What about the exact location of it?

Posted August 13, 2019, by Nathan Shirk (nathan [at] goodsmillwork [dot] com)

This bridge got replaced in 2017 with a concrete structure.

Posted August 13, 2019, by Nathan Shirk (nathan [at] goodsmillwork [dot] com)

This bridge was replaced several years ago now. I went kayaking 3 years ago, and there is no such bridge there anymore....

Posted August 10, 2019, by Butch Getz (bgeep40 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Photo uploaded of work in progress.....

Posted August 10, 2019, by Butch Getz (bgeep40 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

According to the following website, the bridge was constructed in 1901: http://johnmarvigbridges.org/Old%20Monroe%20Rail%20Bridge.ht...

They are actively working to replace it. Photos in my camera, not downloaded yet, as of 8-10-19.

Posted August 4, 2019, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Bridge was likely built in 1961 using trusses taken from a 1920's bridge over Big River in St. Francois County

Posted August 2, 2019, by Richard E Schott (stjorickster [at] gmail [dot] com)

Replaced with Earth 2018

Posted July 23, 2019, by Chris Jones (milkmanchris [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I see this as an opportunity to enhance the popular Katy Trail State Park (which runs beneath the bridge) and boosting the local economy of Rocheport. By re-purposing the current I-70 bridge for pedestrian use, cyclists and bridge enthusiasts will be able to access both the trail on the East bank and the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge directly across the river to the West. All while getting to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Missouri River, majestic bluffs and wide valley from the bridge.

After taking it all in they can drop some cash into the local economy by picking up a bottle of Les Bourgeois wine or staying the night at a Rocheport B&B.

If you agree, contact representative Vicky Hartzler https://hartzler.house.gov/ and senator Josh Hawley https://www.hawley.senate.gov/ to show your support.

Posted July 22, 2019, by Chris Jones (milkmanchris [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Let the initiative to re-purpose the Rocheport bridge begin. https://www.abc17news.com/news/state-gets-81-million-to-repl...

Posted July 18, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The 1966 topo shows the road open but bypassed to the north by V hwy.

Posted July 9, 2019, by Daniel

I question whether it's the same bridge: I don't see anywhere that a roadway is as close to it as the photo. The railing is also different than the closest bridge to it (which can't see it due to vegetation anyway, although that could be due to season)

Posted July 9, 2019, by Greg (GKerr1617 [at] aol [dot] com)

Many thanks! I owe you one.

Posted July 8, 2019, by Luke

Greg, this is your bridge.

Posted July 2, 2019, by John Marvig

The reason I suggest that it is a relocated bridge is because I have a book with an 1890s picture showing a wooden bridge. From photographic evidence, there was a previous railroad bridge here. Are there still structural drawings around for this bridge?

Posted July 1, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I can see that! Looks original to the location with the only modification being the horrific encasement of the endpost and lower chord in concrete. A proper restoration would correct that nonsense!

Posted July 1, 2019, by David Dick (livestocksupt [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Also the engineering company said the bridge was built in 1880 on the spot and not a relocated bridge.

Posted July 1, 2019, by David Dick (livestocksupt [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The line was originally narrow gauge. There was also trolley service over the bridge to Brown Springs, a resort about a quarter of a mile south of the bridge. The trolley brought people to the resort from Sedalia via the trolley car system. The county road moved to use the railroad bridge in the 1950's previously there was a ford to west of the bridge. The railroad ceased operations around 1946-47-48. The bridge was inspected in the fall of 2018 and found to be in great condition.

Posted June 30, 2019, by Brent Hugh (brent [at] brenthugh [dot] com)

MoDOT provided this image of the Osage City bridge under construction.

Posted June 30, 2019, by Brent Hugh (brent [at] brenthugh [dot] com)

The second span of the Osage City Bridge was completed in November 2013.

"Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo, along with representatives of the Missouri Department of Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak and contractor OCCI, Inc. today officially opened a new $28 million 1,200-foot railroad bridge across the Osage River - ahead of schedule and under budget. The new bridge adds capacity and targets continued improvement of on-time performance for freight trains and the Amtrak® Missouri River Runner trains between Kansas City and St. Louis, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

"The new bridge, located just east of Jefferson City in Osage City, Mo., removes a major bottleneck that was caused when two tracks would funnel to one to cross the Osage River on a single-track railroad bridge, and then connect back to a double main line track. With the completion of the railroad bridge over the Osage River, the rail corridor between St. Louis and Jefferson City now consists entirely of two main line tracks.

"This new railroad bridge is yet another strategic investment in our rail infrastructure that will allow for higher performing passenger rail - while also laying a foundation to invest in faster, more frequent and even more reliable service," said Administrator Szabo. "It also advances the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative - a vision Missouri shares with eight other states to connect the Midwest's 40 largest cities with high-performance passenger rail."

https://www.uprr.com/newsinfo/releases/service/2013/1125_osa...

Risk Bridge (Missouri)
Posted June 27, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I can see the separation in the stone abutment in one of the pics. Hopefully they choose to repair it or at the worse jack the bridge up and replace it with a concrete one.

Ironic name btw...

Posted June 26, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Posted June 26, 2019, by Jesse (alphareignxero [at] mail [dot] com)

I am pretty sure this bridge is at Big Spring Park. If it is the one at Big Spring Park, it's open.

Posted June 26, 2019, by Jesse (alphareignxero [at] mail [dot] com)

Because of severe damage caused by flooding, this bridge is closed.

Posted June 24, 2019, by Hayden (oddobject [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I grew up playing on, under, and around this old bridge. The creek beneath it was a favorite hang out for my brothers and I. It's still standing, but I wouldn't trust it to anything besides foot traffic.

Posted June 22, 2019, by Carl Belken (cbgbrb [at] gmail [dot] com)

I like the one pic where you can see it towering over the electric poles.

Posted June 20, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah Clark, I was just looking closer at this one and the portal bracing looks like 1890's and not 1870's. I would expect the overall structure too be a little lighter looking as well. Makes me wonder if there wasn't an older span here that was replaced with this one... But he said he took it off of this one so idk.

Posted June 20, 2019, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Call to Action to save the Bridge. Between now and July 5th you can contact MoDOT to express your desire to save the Bridge. Details here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2019/06/20/cal...

Posted June 9, 2019, by Charlotte Knight Watkins (charwatkin [at] ickoud [dot] com)

Yesterday, I was given this snapshot of this bridge.

My Grandfather was Captain Luck Knight but he also went by Grover Clyde or G.C. Knight. He was the Contractor who built this bridge.

We’ve had Bridge pictures throughout the years / this was the first to have so many details written on the back in his handwriting. To have the Date & location AND to be able to find that the Bridge is STILL here, is absolutely amazing. Now, that we’ve found this info, we’re going to see if there is anything through the Engineering / Recorders that may have Contract info.

Cap or “G.C.” became a traveling Salesman & died in Big Springs, Texas less than 8 years after the Bridge was complete. He was only 46. Even his kids are all gone now. Boy, would they be excited to see this!

Posted June 9, 2019, by Charlotte Knight Watkins (charwatkin [at] ickoud [dot] com)

Yesterday, I was given this snapshot of this bridge.

My Grandfather was Captain Luck Knight but he also went by Grover Clyde or G.C. Knight. He was the Contractor who built this bridge.

We’ve had Bridge pictures throughout the years / this was the first to have so many details written on the back in his handwriting. To have the Date & location AND to be able to find that the Bridge is STILL here, is absolutely amazing. Now, that we’ve found this info, we’re going to see if there is anything through the Engineering / Recorders that may have Contract info.

Cap or “G.C.” became a traveling Salesman & died in Big Springs, Texas less than 8 years after the Bridge was complete. He was only 46. Even his kids are all gone now. Boy, would they be excited to see this!

Posted June 9, 2019, by WMD

The design of the bridge was a Continuous Warren Through Truss. It wasn't cantilevered.

I-35 Viaduct (Missouri)
Posted June 8, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It's a real treat to see the old cars and skyline again. The area still looks about the same except for I-35 merging in from the southwest.

Posted June 2, 2019, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

It looks like the original railroad was about 330 feet west and the tunnel may still be there. Their is a power line there today and often power lines were placed on railroad right of ways. They may have made the current cut and moved the track into it from the old tunnel. I'd have to see it to be sure.

Posted June 1, 2019, by Dana and Kay Klein

Big river crossing

Posted June 1, 2019, by ....justsayin

……….looks like pin is in middle of daylighted tunnel. Rock fractures indicate concussive fractures...………..

Posted June 1, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I'm stumped on this one. I can see what looks like an older alignment to the west but I don't see anything like a tunnel.

Can I get some directions to help me locate it on the map?

Posted May 29, 2019, by Stevan Brown (stevan [dot] w [dot] brown [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was replaced two years ago.

Posted May 28, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I agree, this bridge is quite unique as a relatively small-scale cantilever thru truss, it looks nothing like the big Mississippi River and Missouri River bridges.

That said the bridge does have very bad concrete cracking on some of the piers. So I would expect to see this bridge repaired or demolished in the future, otherwise Im guessing the affected spans could collapse. It looked that bad to me.

Posted May 28, 2019, by Luke

Nope.

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

Assuming by default a good faith attempt to contribute, we might consider the possibility that the poster believes a former bridge somewhere around here is no more. Is there another nearby possibility?

Posted May 28, 2019, by Benjamin E Desroches (deathcult100 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Did they run freight trains until they rail banked it??

Posted May 28, 2019, by Par (patrickhowe [at] gmail [dot] com)

This tunnel wasn’t daylighted. It still exist parallel to the cut. If you look on google earth you can see the old alignment and the opening/portal going to the tunnel.

Posted May 28, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yep, so either we have another "she who must not be named" or somebody mistook this bridge for another one. Thanks for providing confirmation that this bridge does indeed still exist.

Posted May 28, 2019, by Luke

Called it

Posted May 28, 2019, by Karen Daniels (karen [dot] daniels [at] modot [dot] mo [dot] gov)

The bridge was still standing as of May 25, 2019.

Posted May 28, 2019, by Kim Andereck (kim [dot] andereck [at] gmail [dot] com)

St. Louis & Hannibal RR Bridge in Davis (Lincoln County) MO probably 1920's.

Posted May 27, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Love the photos !

Posted May 27, 2019, by Jesse (alphareignxero [at] mail [dot] com)

The bridge is closed to traffic and is barricaded.

Posted May 27, 2019, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

The Champ Clark Bridge is closed yet again because of flooding on the Illinois side, and the river stage forecast would suggest this could continue for a couple weeks:

https://wgem.com/2019/05/27/champ-clark-bridge-closed-due-to...

Question for anybody in the area: Is it possible to walk out on to the bridge during the closure, or is it locked down because of the active construction work for the replacement bridge?

Posted May 26, 2019, by Jane Ballard (jane [at] janeballard [dot] com)

These images were taken May 12, 2019. We found out about the Warsaw Bridge through an article in Missouri Life magazine about the swinging bridges in Missouri and following up with further searches.

Kemna Bridge (Missouri)
Posted May 26, 2019, by Jane Ballard (jane [at] janeballard [dot] com)

We drove across this bridge on May 12, 2019. There are some broken "new" cables and some old cables unwinding, so it's a little bit scary! Thanks to Missouri Life magazine for the article about swinging bridges in Missouri!

Posted May 26, 2019, by Jane Ballard (jane [at] janeballard [dot] com)

We drove across this bridge on May 12, 2019. Thanks to Missouri Life magazine, we learned of four swinging bridges in the Lake of the Ozarks area!

Posted May 26, 2019, by Jane Ballard (jane [at] janeballard [dot] com)

We drove across this bridge twice on May 12, 2019. It is scary to say the least! We want to give Missouri Life magazine credit for the article about this bridge and other swinging bridges in Missouri!

Posted May 26, 2019, by Jane Ballard (jane [at] janeballard [dot] com)

We were just across the bridge on May 12, 2019. MDOT is building a new bridge next to this one.

Posted May 26, 2019, by Charles (charlespcoutts [at] gmail [dot] com)

Getting replaced in the summer of 2019.

https://www.modot.org/route-124-bridge-over-grindstone-creek...

Posted May 26, 2019, by Jane Ballard (jane [at] janeballard [dot] com)

The La Russell Bridge has had some work done on it! There is a new steel grate deck and new concrete approaches on both ends! Photos taken May 26, 2019!

Posted May 25, 2019, by Joe Cunningham (joe9152 [at] verizon [dot] net)

My grandfather Robert S Cunningham always said the bridge really wasn't very old because when he was a kid his father, Dr Harvey Lee Cunningham had a couple of farms over in IL and they had to take the horses over there on a ferry.

Posted May 24, 2019, by Janet Terrill (jterrilljubb [at] gmail [dot] com)

We live on on the property 12100 Food Lane and it had the Cherry Dip Bridge. There is a concrete bridge across the (unknown name) creek now. We have the old stone house, known as Cabin Farm on the west side of the road, north of Harry Truman Drive. Our painter, Doug Bates told us that he road his bike across this bridge and would get airborne!

Posted May 21, 2019, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I am told that the approach span at Broadway Street is going to be replaced to allow better train clearance and allow heaver car loads to use the bridge. It is supposed to be a major change to the western approach and will have the bridge out of service for some time.

Posted May 21, 2019, by WMD

The five main spans are not of Cantilever design. They are Continuous through truss.