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Meramec River MO 30 / 47 Bridge

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Mo Dept of Transportation

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BH Photo #249784

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Facts 

Overview
Lost five-span open-spandrel arch bridge over the Meramec River on Missouri State Highway 30 / 47
Location
Franklin County, Missouri
Status
Replaced by bridge on new alignment
History
Built 1929-30 by M. E. Gillioz; replaced 2002
Builder
- M.E. Gillioz of Monett, Missouri
Design
Open-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 105.0 ft.
Total length: 824.9 ft.
Deck width: 22.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.32422, -90.91958   (decimal degrees)
38°19'27" N, 90°55'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/681857/4243836 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Clair
Land survey
T. 41 N., R. 1 E., Sec. 4
Inventory numbers
MONBI 5195 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21500 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 5, 2013: New photos from Karen Daniels
  • March 18, 2011: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Added Missouri State Highway 47 to overview

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Comments 

Meramec River MO 30 Bridge
Posted June 17, 2010, by Anonymous

I also grew up in this area and crossed this bridge hundreds of times. It really was a nightmare of a crossing because of it being so narrow. Used to always see a mirror or two from a dumptruck or bus that swiped one another trying to cross. It always seemed a game of roulette when coming around either curve approaching the bridge. You never knew what to expect. Sorry to see it demolished because it really was a nice landmark. The arches under the bridge were somewhat unknown to most but were a wonderful design. Thanks again for the pics!

Meramec River MO 30 Bridge
Posted March 23, 2010, by Mark Dellbringge (markdellbringge [at] netzero [dot] net)

Yes, the old bridge was narrow indeed. I remember my grandfather taking me for a Sunday drive to see a relative of his, who had lived near the bridge, who also had a boat launching operation there titled "Zig's Landing". It may still be there on the remnant of the old Highway 30 approach leading to the old bridge (Pond Ford Road on "maps.live.com"). The last time I rode across that old bridge was when the concrete balustrades were in place, and I can see by additional pictures that the concrete ones were removed / replaced with steel guard rails.

Meramec River MO 30 Bridge
Posted March 15, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for sharing your pictures and memories of this beautiful span Molly, that's what this site is all about!

Meramec River MO 30 Bridge
Posted March 14, 2010, by Molly Hill (birdgurl97 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I grew up in the St. Clair / Lonedell Missouri area and remember this bridge well. It's demise was unfortunate but needed. Like most old bridges it was quite narrow. There was a blind turn on both approaches and a gravel quarry nearby. People would be scared to cross and stop at the beginning of the bridge until the vehicle had made it past from the other direction. Occasionally a dump truck on route to pick up or drop off gravel would come around the turn and be unpleasantly surprised by a stopped car. A few times this resulted in a fatality which ultimately resulted in the replacement of the bridge. Although a little tight I personally had no problem navigating across the bridge, I just got good at hugging the guardrail without scraping it. Once I heard it was going to be demolished I went to take pictures. I didn't realize the beautiful arches under the deck driving across it every day! I found this site and saw a page for the old 30 bridge but no pics of how it used to look, so here they are and enjoy!!!