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.
There were originally intended to be 8 instead of 4 lanes on the bridge. IDOT even had a special video presentation on their website, showing the proposed bridge with 8 lanes and what it would look like crossing the bridge once it was completed. They even had fireworks in the background! However, Missouri never wanted the bridge, while Illinois did, so as a result of reduced funding, it wound up being reduced to 4 lanes. It is also probably why there are no connecting ramps from I-44 northbound, although you can access the bridge from northbound Tucker Boulevard in downtown St. Louis.
I'm not sure when the bridge was replaced, but it was prior to July, 2020.
This bridge is scheduled to be demolished and replaced beginning 7/27/20 according to the MODOT website.
bridge was washed away in 2019 not yet replaced
Looks like there is at least a couple secondhand spans in the rebuild of this bridge.
Yeah, I'd rather it be a Bowstring or Whipple... But it beats the Hell outta a slab!
Cool, Tony! You got your own bridge!
Here is a picture of the Vale Tunnel about 1 year after the trail opening.
The bridge has been replaced by another. Work completed on 6-3 & 6-4-2020.
Photos can be seen here: http://stationmaster.rrpicturearchives.net/archivethumbs.asp...
Oh, and geological survey marker in cement on west approach driveway
7 year update - plaques stolen/removed....some serious holes in deck - the west approach to this is insane, basically a 90į angle from end of road to turn onto bridge, very tight corner, not-so-fresh fish catch waiting for you on decking, the mounds of dirt aren't so "moundy" anymore, if youre not paying attention, you could drive right onto this thing and be in serious trouble....its a beauty that should be left and preserved in place but needs to be blocked off for traffic better
During my high school years (1976 - 1980)I would ride my motorcycle to the bridge, and in the summer would jump off the bridge and go swimming. We would also shoot pool at the bar across from the bridge (don't remember the name)! Whenever I'm back in the area, I always make it a point to go there and think of those days.
This bridge was NOT demolished. Photo taken June 19, 2020
Bridge T0074 was previously rated as a 3. It was closed to traffic following an inspection that showed further deterioration of floor beams and steel stringers.
Prior to its closure this bridge was slated for replacement in FY22, with the potential to be pushed back to FY23.
Visited here 6-08-2020. Bridge is now closed, likely has been for a couple years. While here I took some video and a few photos.
Tried to visit this location today, but it's nearly impossible to reach this bridge due to the right of way being chewed up into constant mud holes by logging equipment at the business located next to it. Your other points that 'might' allow access are by walking thru a field. Perhaps someone local can get a picture one day?
My son, Ken Ballard & I revisited here 6-1-2020. Bridge is still open and serviceable. Shot some pics and video.
starting to become swallowed by brush
I put on my pencil-thin moustache to do some investigating on this, the Jackson County road and bridges yard is at
Road & Bridge Maintenance
Environmental Health Division
34900 E. Old U.S. 40 Highway
Oak Grove, MO 64075
Not sure if that's the "quarry" yard where the bridge was supposed to be stored or not.
May still exist in storage:
I can't chase this down now. Is someone in a position to do so?
This bridge undoubtedly replaced something older. I believe this line was the original CBQ route into Kansas City, prior to the line towards Brookfield being constructed in the 1950s.
Was the line first established in 1913 or did this bridge replace an older one?
Nice job getting back to this one Clark! I suspected it was something special from aerial photos, and now we have confirmation. Now to figure out where this bridge couldíve originally been located..
I visited today and met the man living to the SW. He talked about how the city was not taking care of the bridges or the river. Mosby floods and a lot of the places are vacant or torn down. I can't imagine they have much tax revenue to work with.
This bridge is closed although I didn't see any gross problems other than some plates covering deck deterioration on the north end. A local I met expressed concern that the city was not spending money on bridge repairs (two closed bridges).
I'm concerned that they may decide to scrap this last extant example of a type once common in and unique to Jackson County. If it can no longer be used in place it should go back to Jackson County as a piece of history from the time when Jackson County had one of the best county highway systems in the country.
I added a lot of detail pictures in case this one disappears.
From the above article the bridge was built in 1911 and the location is on State Highway B at (40.507808,-94.546050).
I may wrong but I think MDot raised the grade on Highway B to match Highway 46 to the north and covered most of the bridge which might still be in place. It would be worth a road trip to check out.
New bridge open to one lane traffic as of 5/1/2020.
The Bridge has been replaced with a UCEB
The bridge in Photo 7 is a much different bridge...it appears to be east of the Elk River bridge.
I would like to know if any other pictures are available. I grew up near this bridge and would love to get some pics to use so I can have a nice painting completed. Thank you.
This crossing of Rock Enon Creek by the Missouri Pacific line's Bagnell Branch still has several artifacts of its former existence including three concrete piers, concrete abutment, and timbers from an approach pier.
This rail line was built around 1882 as part of the Jefferson City, Lebanon, and Southwestern railroad. It was abandoned in 1962.
The family and I made a bridge hunting trip around my old hometown of Enon, Missouri today. The former crossing of Morgan creek by the Bagnall Branch of MoPac. Two piers remain. I recall as a child a third pier in the center of the creek channel that collapsed after a flash flood back in the late 80's.
One point of interest; the remaining South pier has 1954 stamped in the cap. This would have been a replacement to the original 1882 structure and used only briefly prior to abandonment of the line in the early 60's. The North pier appears significantly old in age with a concrete on stacked limestone block construction.