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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.

Weve 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 weve found this info, were 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.

Weve 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 weve found this info, were 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 6, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I believe the new pictures go with this bridge:

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/clay/old-liberty

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 wasnt 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.

Posted May 20, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Perhaps we should go back to wrought iron...it seems to weather better than this weathering steel.

As a side note, I see we have a comment on this bridge that hearkens back to the bad old days of the flame wars on here. I am sure glad those days are over.

Posted May 20, 2019, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Westbound span has been partially reopened. Two lanes open at morning rush hour, one lane at all other times, while repair work proceeds. It is load-restricted.

https://www.modot.org/node/8213

Amazing. This modern bridge is only 35 years old, and it's falling apart. Meanwhile the older Mississippi River bridges in the St. Louis area continue to last with careful routine maintenance - Eads, Martin Luther King, even the unliked Poplar Street Bridge is older and has stood up better.

Perhaps tied arches should be considered to have short lifetimes? I note that the tied arch I-280 bridge (built 1970) over the Mississippi at the Quad Cities had its condition downgraded to "3-Serious" for superstructure.

Posted May 15, 2019, by Albert E Bertram (abertram8297 [dot] com [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Correction on my previous post. Only the westbound span is closed, as that was where the cracks were found in the steel cross members. My bad!

Posted May 15, 2019, by Albert E Bertram (abertram8297 [dot] com [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Bad news for the Jefferson Barracks Bridge! During a biennial inspection of the bridge that was conducted last week, cracks were found in the steel cross-members on the arches. One was said to be about six feet long! The bridge was immediately closed by MODOT and no information has been released as to what repairs will need to be made and to when it will be reopened. The westbound span is still being inspected by engineers. Apparently, the eastbound span is in good shape. There is speculation that MODOT and IDOT will divide the eastbound bridge so traffic can move both directions. This was done previously when only the westbound span was open, until the eastbound span was finished in 1990.

Posted May 11, 2019, by Luke

The doubter anon was me

Posted May 11, 2019, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

All I know is that in the latest Street View dated December 2018, the bridge is still standing. Apparently, Annonymous is either mistaking this bridge with another one unless there's photographic evidence, or the person is just pissing us off. In either case, her claim is fake news unless we have real evidence.

Posted May 11, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Unless, of course, at least one of these "Anonymous"es is just What's Her Name again...

Posted May 11, 2019, by Benjamin Nobles (benjamin [dot] nobles [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been demolished and is being replaced.

Posted May 10, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, that is a shame. It looks like this bridge was either demolished during a major flood, or it was besieged by Major flood after it's demolition. Either way, it is going to be an expensive clean-up. Too bad it could not have been placed on dry land. I'm sure there are plenty of trail authorities that would have loved to have made use of this bridge.

Posted May 10, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Last year, a user who has since been banned, was falsely claiming that a certain bridge in Florida had been destroyed by flooding. Thus, users are going to be a little bit skeptical about reports of bridges being destroyed unless there is photographic evidence or reputable news stories.

Last year's Florida Saga made for a lot of doubting Thomases on here. If you have photographic evidence of this bridge being destroyed, then please upload it. If you do not have a user account, you can post a photo in the comments.

Posted May 10, 2019, by Anonymous

I searched for information as well. All I can say is that my eyes work just fine, and the bridge is gone.

Posted May 10, 2019, by Anonymous

I find that hard to believe, considering there's been no information posted about it.

Posted May 10, 2019, by Anonymous

I drove by here last summer, and the bridge is gone.

Posted May 10, 2019, by Benjamin Nobles (benjamin [dot] nobles [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is no longer open. The replacement bridge opened in April of 2019. The old bridge has been dropped into the river and is in the process of being scrapped.

Posted May 9, 2019, by Douglas Freeman (dwfree [at] embarqmail [dot] com)

I worked the train derailment when the original truss bridge collapsed about 1981 - Secrest Emergency Service out of Tulsa, OK. I remember it pretty well - it was the only bridge collapse/derailment we did. We fished several railroad cars out of the river. I do not know if that bridge was repaired or replaced by the current bridge.

Posted April 30, 2019, by Ty (cosmicrays2020 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Update in way they call it the Airline Route for anyone interested.

From my knowledge, they called it the "airline route/road/highway" because a "commercial aeroplane reliability tour in the united states" lost their way. For what reasons they had a malfunction in navigation is unknown to me. The newspaper article becomes really hard to read at the point due to fading (ha). They were able to follow the paved sections of route 2/highway 40 while they were over Missouri and were able to keep their course. Since then, the road was called the "Airline Route."

Make mention that I have read this road being referred to Airline Road, the Airline Highway, and the Airline Route in Newspapers dating to early 1925. This could be a reasonable explanation to why they called it that. Of course this is just one account from a newspaper, but it is better then assuming. So it gives a little bit of evidence. I would love to find a couple more articles backing this one up.

~~Newspaper Article Citation~~

"To Celebrate Completion of Missouri Highway No. 2," Macon Chronicle-Herald (Macon, MO), 09 March 1926, p. 3, Newspapers.com.

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

Could this be the Branstetter Bridge (Peal Bend)?

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/benton/branstetter/

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

Location shown on the Fristoe 15' 1945 quad.

Posted April 29, 2019, by Ty (cosmicrays2020 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sorry, was a little delayed in uploading the newspaper articles I mentioned earlier. But I will give footnote style citations below. Reasonable explanations why they might call it the Air-line Highway.

This portion of Route 2 in Cooper County, Missouri was started in 1924. Progress was being made until August 7th, 1924 when poor weather caused delays in construction. Haller & Davis were working on the contract for the road in three different sections. Haller & Davis were working on the graded earth portion, and another contractor was going to hard surface the road later. The bridge was not under construction at this time. It is likely that construction started sometime in September or October; however, by March of 1925 the bridge was being constructed. Traffic could cross the bridge by July but the bridge was still under construction.

1.) "Work Progressing Favorably on the New Air-line Road," The Central Missouri Republican [Boonville], 7 August 1924, p.4, microfilm, State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.

2.) "Will Resume Work on Highway No. 2 in Near Future," The Central Missouri Republican [Boonville], 5 March 1925, p.1, microfilm, State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.

Posted April 26, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The alternate explanation that I heard applied to the Kansas City-Independence Air Line. It was an excursion line intended to take people out of the city into the open air. At the end of the line was Fairmount Park. The route was neither straight nor fast.

http://fairmountpark.blogspot.com/

Posted April 26, 2019, by Anonymous

More than likely it derives from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air-line_railroad

Posted April 26, 2019, by Daniel

I know of an Airline Highway here in CA that has the name because it's essentially the route planes took to go between SF and LA. Maybe that's the origin of the name here as well.

Posted April 25, 2019, by Ty (cosmicrays2020 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Lamine River Old US 40 Bridge was built by the Western Bridge Company. I have a newspaper article that says the contractors were the Western Bridge Company of Kansas City, but I am pretty sure it is the Western Bridge Company of Harrisonville, Missouri. US 40 was originally Route 2 and commonly called the "Air-Line" road/highway. I don't know why they called it the "Air-line" road/highway. I guess maybe it had to do with being the fastest and most direct route between Kansas City and St. Louis. The construction for G-366 started in late 1924 and carried into 1925 and was not completed until fall of 1925 (I believe). It was a rather obscure bridge with little information covering it regarding newspapers. A good portion of it was being overshadowed by the Boonville Bridge and then later the Electric Highway. Also, it was a fair distance from any major town within the area. Boonville is a few miles east, but they were less concerned with the bridge and more concerned about the actual highway. Eventually, Route 2 became US 40 and was paved for being an "all weather road." The graded earth portion of the road was let in 1924 while the hard surfacing was let in late 1925 or early 1926. Complete construction Highway 40 was not completed until 1926.

When I get a minute or two I will see if I can upload some screenshots of the Newspapers with the information.

Posted April 25, 2019, by Renton Thurston (rentonthurston_e7 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Another brilliant decision by the idiots of MODumb. Way to ruin history.

Posted April 24, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

At the time of completion the bridge was operated by the Jefferson City Bridge and Transit Company. Toll ranged from .03 for a child pedestrian to $1 for a vehicle drawn by six horses. As of 1 Oct 1927 it is documented as being operated by the Missouri Power & Light Co.

Posted April 17, 2019, by Charles Petit (mountaincreekar [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Roark Creek Rail Bridge in Taney County Missouri

The railroad's name is not correct in BridgeHunter.com

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The railroad's name is Missouri & Northern Arkansas MNA

is an operating Class II railroad passing through Taney County Missouri

Incorrect: Missouri & North Arkansas M&NA is a ghost railroad that 99.8% formerly operated in Arkansas and was not in Taney County Missouri

The railroads' Reporting Marks are not the same as the railroads' written names. They are backwards.

This confuses even in many web searches.

Missouri & North Arkansas M&NA operated & closed down prior to the start of the Missouri & Northern Arkansas MNA. Missouri & North Arkansas M&NA those that Reporting Mark that had the "& sign" in it.

The Missouri & Northern Arkansas MNA was not allowed to use M&NA for their Reporting Mark.

N n

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

So I guess the proposed Mill Site Park plans crapped out!

MoDOT is like a thief in the night!

Posted April 15, 2019, by Rusty Weisman (Russell [dot] Weisman [at] MoDOT [dot] Mo [dot] Gov)

On the eve of 2019 'Preservation Month' in Missouri, this venerable structure is once again scheduled for demolition.

The staff here in MoDOT's Historic Preservation Section do not yet have the particulars or schedule, but we have been alerted to prepare for that eventuality.

The bridge will be advertised for adaptive reuse - either 'in place' or removed to some alternate location. We welcome all serious proposals.

Posted April 12, 2019, by Anonymous

Another one MO'ed down...

Posted April 12, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can't watch a demolition video

Posted April 11, 2019, by Chris Perry

Bridges such as this are a part of the identity of the community. So much is lost.

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

It looks like this through truss replaced a pony truss probably dating to when this was a mule drawn line ca 1890.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=j7b04ALpqwoC&lpg=PA109&o...

Posted April 11, 2019, by Dino Strunk (Dino4Guitar [at] Gmail [dot] com)

The Washington Highway 47 Bridge was demolished this morning.

https://fox2now.com/2019/04/11/live-video-highway-47-bridge-...

I hate it!!!!

Posted April 11, 2019, by scott (sbee4683 [at] lps53 [dot] org)

this track is owned by BNSF

Posted April 8, 2019, by Dale R Richerson (dalerr [at] peoplepc [dot] com)

Bridge closed today

Green Bridge (Missouri)
Posted April 5, 2019, by Joshua Owens (bricklayermo [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is open, I drove across it today, April 5, 2019.

Posted April 3, 2019, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove north on MO-47 about a week ago, hoping to drive over the truss bridge one last time. I was too late. I had to drive on the new bridge and most of the deck was gone from the old one - and they were cutting lateral braces to make room for the excavator with the air-hammer head...

But it's not quite gone yet, it seems - though it was scheduled to be demolished today.

From https://www.modot.org/route-47-missouri-river-bridge

The demolition of the old Route 47 Missouri River Bridge, which was tentatively scheduled for April 4, is being postponed due to rising river levels. A rescheduled implosion date is tentatively set for the following week, but a specific date and time will not be released until we get closer to that date.

Posted March 29, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah, We're talking about Missouri here... So likely option #1

Posted March 29, 2019, by Bryon

Bridge could be doomed but might be rehabbed..

https://www.columbiatribune.com/news/20190315/preview-of-i-7...

Posted March 25, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Great aerial footage of this bridge during the flooding this month:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmkZi-DmTGQ

Posted March 21, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Some answers from a visit today but some questions as well. The plaque supposedly came from the end on the main span. The 1877 date seems early and doesn't match the concrete pier on the south end. I was told the approach on the north was riveted and arched. I tried to clarify whether the truss was a regular pony or a bowstring. I got answers that always pointed to it having been a bowstring. It was damaged and scrapped some years ago.

I'll add an essay on the history as recounted to me. More questions there as well.

Posted March 21, 2019, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

For those living in Missouri, love historic bridges like this one and have the time to listen to some music and comedy and would like to donate, there is a fundraiser for the Jenkins Bridge this Saturday. Details here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/jen...

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

Really Bob, don't hold back! Tell us what you really think! No need to be diplomatic here.

Posted March 20, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The pictures here do not show this bridge or its replacement.

Posted March 20, 2019, by Bob Evans

This bridge is closed now. Its being replaced by a concrete span.

Posted March 20, 2019, by Bob Evans

Some fucking asshole drove a truck that was too heavy across this bridge, effectively ruining it. What an asshole.

Posted March 20, 2019, by Doug

This bridge is now closed.

Posted March 19, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Recent spur to mine. Not on 1948 15' quad, shown as MoPac on 1981 7.5' quad.

Posted March 18, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I tend to agree Erik... Just a dressed-up stringer.

Posted March 18, 2019, by Erik Hoffman (edh4801 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pretty sure that's just a timber beam bridge with fancy railings...

Posted February 25, 2019, by Steve Ellison (c10burb [at] gmail [dot] com)

The old bridge is gone now. It was removed and now is a pile of twisted scrap. It appears they're replacing it with a concrete bridge.

Posted February 25, 2019, by Carol Maune (Carolmaune [at] att [dot] net)

Found all this information extremely interesting! As a lifelong inhabitant of Union, so much of which I was unaware! Thank you

Posted February 24, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not really sure if this was actually a railroad bridge. The underneath of the bridge makes me think no, but the trusses could possibly be heavy enough.

Posted February 21, 2019, by Dawna Skaggs (Tydust [at] outlook [dot] com)

We are meeting March 5th at the Jenkins Fire station 1 at 6:30 pm to start an organization to fight for our bridge. We plan to start by getting legislators involved and getting the bridge on the historical registrry.

Posted February 20, 2019, by Will

Update: Bridge is temporarily safe. People are attempting to form a nonprofit group (Jenkins Bridge Preservation--can be found on Facebook) to save the bridge and also get it put on the National Register, otherwise it will likely be demolished and not even replaced. There's no deadline at this point--the county is willing to wait for a nonprofit to get itself put together--but they probably won't wait forever either.

https://www.ky3.com/content/news/Jenkins-Bridge-meeting-draw...

Posted February 14, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

ADT Count of 50 says to me that spending big dollars on a concrete ugly would be a waste. The problems are likely in the flooring system and could be fixed for less. Of course the voices of reason aren't always heard and at the very least they should straighten the road and leave the historic bridge standing. Not sure that there's many examples left from the Standard Bridge Company.

Posted February 14, 2019, by Will

This bridge has been closed for two years. There's a meeting taking place in the next week which will determine its fate.

Posted February 4, 2019, by Dennis (ironzen1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The deteriorating 106-year-old Columbia Avenue bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks was permanently shut down Monday (2-4-19) afternoon by city work crews because of safety worries.

The city previously had planned to hold off closure until after a planned new bridge carrying nearby Southwest Avenue over the tracks is built. That construction won't begin until 2022.

But Rich Bradley, president of the city Board of Public Service, said engineers working in the area recently noticed that the Columbia span was being used illegally by various trucks heavier than the 15-ton limit imposed there in 2006.

He said the decision was made to close the bridge after officials determined that repairs to keep it open temporarily would cost at least $750,000.

Bradley said the existing 92-year-old Southwest bridge will remain open. Once the replacement Southwest bridge is built, plans call for Columbia to intersect with Southwest east of the bridge. The project is expected to cost $10 million.

Posted January 21, 2019, by Garrett

I was driving by just the other day and noticed with the tree's leaves dropped from the winter weather and what appeared to be some brush clearing that happened at some point recently that there are remnants of the abutments on the South side of the road.

Posted January 21, 2019, by Garrett

I was driving by just the other day and noticed with the tree's leaves dropped from the winter weather and what appeared to be some brush clearing that happened at some point recently that there are remnants of the abutments on the South side of the road.

Posted January 19, 2019, by Max

The heavy log buildup occurred in 2017, two days after the solar eclipse. KC experienced very heavy rain in a bad storm that came thru the Midwest here. Harrisonville experienced rainfall of six inches per hour for three straight hours. The town flooded in low places as did many highways and roads. I drove on I-49/US71 the next morning around 5am and it was at least ten inches underwater at mile marker 164 by the Grand River. Myself and other drivers drove into it at probably 1mph for a good 200 ft a crossed the river bridge. A tree actually hung from the old US 71 bridge to the west for a couple months afterwards. I'm surprised, but all these old rail bridges held up after that. Water discharge on those rivers and tributaries was intense.

Posted January 15, 2019, by Luke

NBI only refers to it as a stringer, and location was a guess by James.

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

Trusses removed? Referring to original listing info.....

Posted January 15, 2019, by Daniel

updated *and* closed to traffic? that's disappointing.

have any pictures of the "update"?

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

Bit disappointing, good hike down old right of way, old bridge has been "updated", and closed to thru traffic

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

Thanks, Tony

Posted January 14, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yup... Looks about ca. 1900 to me.