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Bend Road Bridge



Photo taken January 2006 by Kevin Ferguson

BH Photo #105230

Street Views 


Two-span through truss bridge over Meramec River on Bend Road (Route N), southwest of Pacific
Pacific, Franklin County, Missouri
Gone. There is still evidence of the north abutment and the earth ramp approch on the south.
Built 1916-17 by Miller & Borcherding, rehabilitated 1991, replaced 2018
- Miller & Borcherding Bridge Builders of St. Louis, Missouri
Pair of pin-connected, 10-panel Pennsylvania through trusses
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 421.8 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Withington Ford Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.46106, -90.77266   (decimal degrees)
38°27'40" N, 90°46'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/694334/4259322 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gray Summit
Land survey
T. 43 N., R. 2 E., Sec. 14
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 15356 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21474 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 25, 2016: Updated by Art Suckewer: Updated status to Doomed
  • July 23, 2015: New photos from James Baughn
  • July 20, 2014: New Street View added by David Backlin
  • March 5, 2013: Photos added by Karen Daniels
  • July 31, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • March 10, 2009: New photos from James Baughn
  • January 30, 2006: Posted photos from Kevin Ferguson



Bend Road Bridge
Posted September 7, 2018, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove past today... and the new bridge is open and the old one is - gone.

This is a location that really did need a wider bridge suitable for heavier loads - but it is so sad to see the old one just destroyed. Missouri sure seems to be intent on eliminating all historic bridges.

Bend Road Bridge
Posted July 5, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Tony, there was plenty more with this project to get worked up about than just the FHWA. Suffice it to say, I was... how to say it politely... less than satisfied with the conduct of Section 106 for this project.

Bend Road Bridge
Posted July 5, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

So, a trail group wanted to take ownership and preserve this century old beauty for posterity and the FHWA said no?!!

...My thoughts on this

Photo courtesy of Todd Baslee

Bend Road Bridge
Posted July 5, 2016, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Bend Road Bridge
Posted March 25, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Oh feces!


An alternate could be: Oh scat! ;^) :^)

Sorry, couldn't resist...

Happy Holidays,

Art S.

Bend Road Bridge
Posted March 25, 2016, by Matt Lohry

One of the nice things about this website is that I can show it to my kids...are the lame cuss words really necessary?

Bend Road Bridge
Posted March 25, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Bend Road Bridge
Posted December 9, 2015, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Discussions to preserve the bridge continue:


Bend Road Bridge
Posted July 28, 2015, by Historic Bridge Foundation (info [at] historicbridgefoundation [dot] com)

The Historic Bridge Foundation is featuring this bridge on the Foundation's Facebook page as a Focus Bridge. The timing of this coincides with the recent inclusion of this bridge in Missouri's Historic Places in Peril list. The bridge was nominated to this list by James Baughn, webmaster of this website.


Bend Road Bridge
Posted February 5, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Bend Road Bridge
Posted November 15, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Just another example of county commissioners with big heads and more power than they deserve...

"It's our bridge" they said... No gentlemen, it's the taxpayers bridge and the last time I checked you still work for them!

These guys need to be replaced with people who understand that philosophy...

Bend Road Bridge
Posted November 14, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Standard battle of officials against locals; good luck to the local preservationists!:


Bend Road Bridge
Posted August 7, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Bend Road Bridge
Posted February 13, 2014, by brian dill (nowwiley [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Sometime in the 90's when gas was cheap and i had my first car, I was tooling around and came upon this gem from the flood plain side. When I got to the 90 degree turn at the other end i had to sit and marvel at it for a moment. It reminded me of the Red Iron Bridge over the Black River in Lesterville, another lost bridge of similar spec. i am really broken up over this. Truss bridges falling, all around.

Bend Road Bridge
Posted December 20, 2013, by Anonymous

Bend Bridge has 90 tons of asphalt on the deck , I imagine you could saddle the trusses with large steel plates to strengthen the trusses and remove the asphalt to lighten the load that the bridge has to hold so that the road can stay open until the new bridge is finished , currently it's a 20 min drive to go around, and several business are located right across the bridge. It is a headache to have to drive the long way around multiple times a day!!! I think city and county need to get there heads out of there asses to get the bridge operational !!! I typically use the bridge 10 or more times a day and I have had enough !!! I have heard the county and city are fighting over money and lawsuits An that is part of the problem !!! I also was told they closed this bridge to force the hand of the state to give them emergency funding to build a new bridge because they go to the top of the list on getting grant money to build a new one by closing the existing bridge

Bend Road Bridge
Posted November 18, 2013, by Anonymous


The bridge is in good shape. The only problem I saw with it is the difficulty in seeing if there was oncoming traffic and not much room to pull off to let traffic by. A few dozen truckloads of fill and it would be very serviceable.

The listing says Sect. 106 applies. Anyone know if it was satisfied? Or do we get to scream "Foul!"?

Bend Road Bridge
Posted November 18, 2013, by Sam Bova (sjbova [at] stlmsd [dot] com)

The bridge was closed down for good Friday Nov 15th at about 10 am. No preemptive signs were up causing a huge traffic jam and the several signs that are up now are small. There is no plan even in the preliminary route choosing phase at the moment as complete realignment is being considered by the county coming off of Old Gray Summit road deverting traffic form the town of Pacific and into Gray Summit.

Bend Road Bridge
Posted October 6, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The county wants to demolish this historic bridge: http://emissourian.com/news/top_stories/article_8e126f8b-344...