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Shawnee Ford Bridge

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Photo taken by James Baughn

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Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Bourbeuse River on Shawnee Ford Road beyond the end of Route AN
Location
Franklin County, Missouri
Status
Open to one-lane traffic with a 19 ton weight limit
History
Built ca. 1920; rehabilitated 1990
Design
Pin-connected, 10-panel Camelback Pratt through truss with chip and seal coated timber deck
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 189.9 ft.
Total length: 276.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.26815, -91.33248   (decimal degrees)
38°16'05" N, 91°19'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/645873/4236882 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Strain
Land survey
T. 41 N., R. 4 W., Sec. 26
Inventory numbers
MONBI 22648 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21507 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2015)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 36.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
125

Update Log 

  • March 14, 2013: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Wooden deck"
  • March 12, 2013: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge is doomed
  • May 24, 2005: Posted new photos

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Shawnee Ford Bridge
Posted March 14, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Replaced? With inspection ratings of "good" and "fair"?? *sigh*

There probably are bridges that need to be replaced. And there are situations where an old bridge is unsuitable for current and future traffice needs. This bridge seems to be neither. I am not a bridge inspector, nor did I have the time to look carefully - but from what I could see on my brief visit the bridge is in good shape.

The biggest problem I saw was the challenge of seeing if there is oncoming traffic. A few hundred tons of fill on each end could solve that problem and $1,500,000 could be used on a bridge that is unsafe. *grrrr*

Shawnee Ford Bridge
Posted March 12, 2013, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This bridge's days are numbered. A replacement is on the way.

http://www.emissourian.com/local_news/county/article_5b14218...