Such a project is underway, but there's a lot of NIMBYism from farmers trying to stop it, complete with the same bad-faith arguments you hear from NIMBYs in the city.
By looking at the satellite photos after the fire, there appears minimal damage to the bridge. With it three tunnels and two impressive bridges, converting the abandoned Rock Island line into a rail to trail would certainly rival the popularity of the Katy Trail.
Fond memories of when my Uncle Bill(Carl)Helvey and Aunt Boots owned that pavilion across this bridge. They had the bar and it had pool tables and a dance hall where many bands played and the folks that were camping also the locals would come to listen and dance. I remember horses being tied up to the posts that held the pavilion up so when the river flooded the water wouldnít get in it. Thinking my uncle sold that early 80ís.
The part of the bridge over Broadway Street was in really bad shape. It's the one part where it relies on the former span used for autos and many of the crossbeams were suffering from severe corrosion. Also that turn to enter the bridge was such that Union Pacific could not take certain weights and geometries over the span and had to re-route them to either Thebes or Clinton, Iowa. Union Pacific has cut a deal with Norfolk Southern to use the former Wabash from KCMO to Springfield, IL while the MacArthur is out of service. CSX announced that they will not interchange stack trains in East St Louis with UP for a period of time until the bridge work is complete and then re-evaluate. TRRA says that removing the auto deck from 1917 will add 80 years of life to the bridge by reducing the sprung weight.Grants of $7 million and $28 million from the Feds have recently arrived to help TRRA pay for the rehabilitation.
Hey Neil! Cool Pix!!
I wished they kept this bridge. I would loved to drive on it on the way to St. Louis.
Following up on the first Pic of the Week honoring James Baughn, here's an article on two truss designs that feature an A-frame in the center panel, but were built using recycled materials. Have a look at the Lane and Miller-Borcherding Trusses: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/01/06/tru... Enjoy! :-)
Older maps indicate there was a bridge here before 1904 when construction of the newer bridge started. County and state records indicate it was replaced due to cast iron structural deficiencies that were used in the original bridge construction and failure rate of other bridges caused its replacement before catastrophic failure.
Bridge is still there but has been filled underneath with earth. Had my first cigarette under this bridge in 1994. Simple culvert for drainage now. I'm sure at next paving this bridge will disappear.
So recently found plot maps from 1932 that show the parkway was indeed split at this spot with this being the northbound side of the parkway. The current path of the two lane parkway was the south bound side only. Bridge is still intact and used now as part of the citys frisbee golf course.
It definitely isn't.
This appears to be the bridge at Atchison. My grandfather has pictures as a kid next to the current bridge in 1945. It hasn't been painted for probably 40 years and it was rusty in the pics with him as a kid.
Is BNSF expanding underneath this and the through truss? It seems odd that they removed both trusses in one year. I'm hoping thats not a bad sign for the other overpasses further east..
Love the photos!
Not an easy one to get to, on either side, but nothing illegal to get to photos, train showed up naturally after 3/4 long walk back to car
Dig the cruciform outriggers also, no plaques either end
Very fun visit today. Met Lloyd, the property owner who allowed me to photograph bridge, and shared his great old photo of the bridge possibly from 100-120 years ago, thank ya, Lloyd, great piece of history, and heck of an protective watch dog you have there protecting her!
I believe this was one of James's favorites... Perhaps a consideration for memorializing him here!
My great grand father Arvin Kelly was part owner of Kelly and Underwood.
My great grand father was part owner of Kelly and Underwood. His name was Arvin Kelly.
Wrought Iron Bridge Company ca. 1880's. Check pic# 8 of this one...
Milwaukee Bridge Works possibly? Some similar elements
Looks like one of those 1870's/1880's rare extant examples...see if I can remember it's twin I ran onto in KS....
Rails are still present. The right of way is just filled with overgrown brush. Nearly impassable with all the briars & scrubs.
Is this right of way even intact anymore? It sure looks like it may have been totally abandoned and sold to landowners. Bummer, this appears to be a magnificent structure.
Does anyone have a better way to access it, other than trudging in the brush from the south? As the north is blocked by the quarry & the south right of way is bordered by private farm land. Thanks.
The state site for the replacement bridge
Looking to start the process in January of 2021.
Site of the bridge after demolition.
Art Gloss photo.
This bridge was destroyed in early November 2020.
Video of the last days of the bridge in October 2020:
Bridge is now closed. The east side which was at one time inaccessible, but a new road (all of 500 feet) was put in. Unclear what the fate of the bridge will be, however it is the last of it's kind, perhaps it could be saved.
I was the superintendent for Halverson Construction on the east bound 2nd JB bridge
It was winter when we opened the bridge. I watch MOT maintenance remove snow from the east bound lanes and dump it over the sides . On several occasions they got the loader bucket in to the cable stays ,doing damage to the cables. A new bridge less the a few days being open ,and already being abused .
Iím trying to remember the years I drove over this bridge from S. Rock Quarry to teach in Columbia. Iím sure people traveled across the bridge in the 1980s. Was it two lane or just one lane north? Are there photos of the history? I walked the trail at Capen Park today and it sparked my interest.
Thanks. MJ Hagan
When I was a young boy, the old bridge was only one lane.
The county is going to close this bridge to traffic due to deterioration and then next year waste taxpayer dollars to demolish the bridge for no reason in 2021. I sound like a broken record, but even with deterioration, but it could be left standing for pedestrians or closed to even pedestrians as a monument. God forbid they let the bridge continue standing. https://www.newstribune.com/news/local/story/2020/oct/25/col...
Predecessor was a steel truss according to the NBI
I haven't been on this site in years. It was a work time deviation. I recently visited Branson, MO and when I saw the Lake Taneycomo I instantly thought of the open spandrel bridges built by Conde McCullough in Oregon. As I tried to explain this to my wife, it was then that I knew that I was a bridge nerd and needed to get back to this site after an almost 7 year absence.
Definitely not a Pony Truss. I believe this bridge has been here for 26 years.
I just drove this bridge from about a week. There is an RV camp off to the west of the north side of the bridge. Lots of traffic and a busy traffic circle on the south side of the bridge.
Being a city alderman for 18 years has given me some idea of legalities regarding roads, alleys, infrastructure and more. I can tell you our small town has only rarely ever abandoned maybe a couple of alleyways let alone a road or former piece of city property.
I can tell you that unless the county commissioners specifically abandoned (in a public meeting) all right of ways and possession of this bridge then it remains in county hands.
Think about it, what private entity would assume liability for this bridge or the roads on either end. A landowner might claim to own such roads or access to discourage unnecessary incursions by curious parties, but in legal point of fact that claim should be backed up by public record (meeting notes) and a legal description tranfer from the county to a landowner or interested party. That transfer should be recorded in the County Courthouse by the Recorder of Deeds.
From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (St. Louis, Missouri) ∑ 24 Mar 1903, Tue ∑ Page 2
The next-to-last picture suggests closure, even though the latest NBI still says it's open (albeit posted). Has this since been closed?
Do not attempt to drive up the road after it rains; the road is dirt and turns to mud, with many washouts. The only approach is from the South. I had to use 4x4, even though it was dry. Also, there is a major washout about 1/4 mile South of the bridge.
Do not attempt to drive up Manson Road after it rains; the road is dirt and turns to mud, with many washouts. The only approach is from the South.
Yes, the tunnel was daylighted. There is no existing tunnel and the power cut was never a ROW. The ROW has never been moved in this area.
I am in this area several times a month and been all through the woods there.
The power cut isn't even graded, it goes up over the hill here very steep.
Street view doesn't go far enough to view the signs at the 610-611 junction. If posted as described then there really is no excuse for taking a loaded truck down the road.
Any news on what is going to happen to the driver, the trucking company, and the bridge?
I visited today (10/4/20), bridge appears to be permanently closed (big piles of dirt in road, road closed signs etc...).
I live on the road that this bridge was located on. I have lived here almost my entire life. Just below my house, at the junction of Co Rd 611(the road that the bridge is on) and my road, Co Rd 610, a sign is posted clearly stating LOAD LIMIT 5 TONS, accompanied by a sign that clearly states NO SEMI TRUCKS. Identical signs are posted on the other side on the bridge, right by the Westphalia City Limit sign. In both instances, trucks have options to go other directions easily to avoid using the bridge.
Visited here again, Sept 30th, 2020, to find bridge has been replaced by a UECB. Old bridge was moved to side of the road less the deck. Updated BH page.
Allen & Ken Ballard
The bridge is in the process of being torn down. The north half of the bridge has already been demolished. A new bridge is slated to replace it by February or March of 2021.
This one appears to be gone, or possibly lying in pieces nearby that pinned location
Dang, Iíve been waiting to see photos of this one for a long time. It looks like it has some unusual details. This span could be mid 1890s. Also worth noting that this one is on wooden pile piers..I would doubt it is original to this location. Was the area signed off? It appears someone has still been using this bridge. Excellent work!
Reached this bridge by walking approximately 1 mile down the creek from the nearest road. It is extremely impressive.
I just realized that there is a gallery of pictures here. This bridge is absolutely the one I remember. What a shame.
I am trying to identify a bridge that I took note of in the early 2000s. It looked a lot like this and was near this location, though I remember it as being more ornamental. The bridge had staircases inside its footings, to allow pedestrians to ascend from the street below to the road above.
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The old Beardsley Road Viaduct was haunted. I wonder if the new one is, too. It certainly has a lot less character now.
This road at one point used to be (East?) Crackerneck road, my grandparents previously lived on it until it terminated right before the railroad track. People would often dump garbage at the end of the street. According to USGS maps it existed up until it was removed anywhere from 1933 to 1945, according to the maps I could find.
At 60 feet long, this is not a modern turntable. A quick search turns up that most turntables constructed around 1900 were in the 80-100 foot range. A 60 foot structure may have been constructed in the 1880s or 1890s.
Would love to see some photos of this one. My Santa Fe records indicate that this is a recycled turntable.
I added a photo in the link section. This one was clearly an old turntable.
I would love to know more about this one. My 1937 records indicate this bridge was a 30' iron girder, as does a 1950 track profile. There was a 75' pony truss to the west on Route P, but that is gone, and this truss is much smaller.. Also, looks likely that it is a recycled railroad span.
....and a rating of over 55. What a waste. On a side note, Iíve tried to find the history of this bridge. The only Edge Moor structure on the Santa Fe that could be a match was in Oklahoma. Unfortunately, I do not have the documents to be able to confirm or deny this.
Looking at the last inspection report and the 25 ADT count, and all I can say is what a ridiculous waste of money! And the loss of a beautiful truss!!
Very sad, this was definitely an interesting bridge with some history to it.
Bridge was removed August 30, 2020 to make way for a replacement bridge.
Replacement project is scheduled to start in 2022. A new bridge will be constructed parallel to the west, and slightly higher. This one will be demolished afterward. http://www.modot.org/route-6167-over-joachim-creek-bridge-pr...
Shame the original bridge is gone, as it was likely an ex-RR bridge converted to road after the MoPac rerouted in 1929.
If this is the bridge on MoPac Rd over Labadie Creek, it's at (38.526424, -90.848831) and it's open to traffic.
One piece is up and one staged below. Next time I pass I'll see if there's someone who knows. Just a clean-up guy on an excavator when I visited yesterday.
Do you know how much of this bridge is being replaced?
Read on a reliable website i use that the truck driver said he hit the bridge while supposedly turning around.I'm pretty sure there are news articles confirming this.
The original WIBCO plaque for this bridge was found and replaced in October 2018.
I gather the bridge was moved upriver to it's current location in 1930.
Allow me to help clear some things up.
The bridge is owned by the county. However going to be bridge or fixing it or moving it will require lots of red tape.
Unless you climb up the bridge from a boat in water you are technically trespassing. Pike County like many counties did not want to close the bridge with barriers and maintain the road on both sides to the bridge.
They made the mistake of going cheapest way possible at the time and closed and ended county road at last house on each side. They in turn like most counties do to get out of unnecessary maintenance gave up the road and any and all easements right aways on both sides from last houses.
Back in 2007 the south side road still went to bridge but from last house to bridge was clearly marked private. Homeowner at time as long as you asked was nice enough to let you go there. Due to too many trespassing and partying there he felt the liability was too great, and took his farm equipment and tore the road out which he legally owned as of closure.
Bridge has reopened after 2 years. Ironically, given the Eads Bridge closure, this timing couldn't have been better.
Bridge closed due to illegal street racing of all things:
Shows up on historicaerials in 1955 and 1963/69.
Topos from the same have the issues you noted in the description of not appearing until the 70s.
This is a not-uncommong trend I've noticed on older topos.
Headache bars are the best solution, and it frustrates me that they are not used more often. Certainly there are many cases where bypassing or relocating trusses are a good option. But we should NOT be forced to give up vehicular truss bridges just because the majority of truck drivers in America are stupid, illiterate idiots that should NEVER be behind the wheel of a truck if they are incapable of knowing the dimensions and weight of their vehicles and comprehending the road signage that restricts the passage of their vehicle. Whoever did this should have their license permanently revoked.
I've had two county engineers try to argue with me that headache bars are a liability. I fail to see, if proper signage is placed before them, how that is possible.
Didn't get far, did he?
Bars are nice but in this case it would have to be quite a way SE on 611 to prevent turning on to the road so there was no need to back out. Very possible nonetheless.
There are also several more diabolical ideas involving swinging weights, trap doors, and tire spikes. Probably get lawyers salivating even mentioning them....
I still like off-structure headache bars that keep oversized vehicles from ever making it to the bridge. While I certainly agree with bypassing historic bridges over demolition, bypassed spans often tend to become forgotten ones.
I think the best solution to this sort of destruction is to put in place a program of bypassing historic trusses. Less disruptive to traffic plus it allows for the fact that drivers will sometimes decide to "chance it", especially if turning around is difficult or impossible. I suspect that's the case here. The driver got to the bridge and did not have the option of backing out of the situation. Heavily publicized stiff fines against the drivers rather than companies or insurers might have an effect although if they are willing to risk their life....
Well, that is a shame...
Osage County Sheriff reporting that the bridge has collapsed.
Taken August 16, 2020.
KCS appears to be replacing sections of the trestle. Photo's taken today by a friend.
Wow. Unique. Love it.
Mike, Yes ! Me Too !
I would love this is my back yard
I just checked the 1920 County Highway Map for Miller County, and the road was classified as a County Seat Road, so it already existed before the State Highway Department took it over in 1921. It connected Tuscumbia and Waynesville. Based on notes on the map, the road in Sections 7 and 18 would have been realigned very shortly after the highway department took it over.
I got some additional information from the land owner. He also believes the road was originally the old state highway, and today the former road dead ends near the bridge. He says his wifeís grandmother herded her dairy cows across it daily back in the 40ís. He also said the Google Map is incorrect in showing the road curving to the west, since that is a private drive he built and leases to his neighbor and is not public.
It is possible that this section of road was part of the 1920s alignment of State Route 7. The road was realigned in the early 1930s. MoDOT Project History Maps (https://www.modot.org/sites/default/files/documents/maintenance_/project_history_maps/miller.pdf) show a small segment abandoned at Tavern Creek, but not at a scale you can really tell anything.
This one reminds me of this bridge in Caldwell County, MO:
Looks like a late pinned Pratt from perhaps ca. 1915 to 1920. The verticals appear to be angles connected with battens, which is rather unusual.
Historic Aerial imagery from 1945 shows that the bridge was part of Charcoal Kiln Road before being abandoned. The road was eventually routed over to connect with SR 17. Could this possibly be an old alignment of the highway?
I had someone contact me and ask about this bridge's history. I was surprised it wasn't even listed here in BridgeHunter. If anyone knows the history of this bridge, please post a comment or update the page.
As I always do, I swing my head while I cross a "New Bridge". As I did this today, I was pleasantly surprised to find this old girl, still standing proud!
A 1920 Gallup maps shows this as part of the Jefferson Highway.
ITs no longer standing was torn out earlier this summer and is currently closed to traffic shuld reopen late novemeber early december.
Bridge has been officially nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.
This bridge was replaced in 2019/2020.