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Gladstone Blvd. Bridge

Photos 

Looking East

Photo taken by Joshua Collins in November 2009

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BH Photo #150564

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Replaced steel deck arch bridge over Anderson Ave. on Gladstone Blvd. in Kansas City
Location
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Status
Substantially replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1897-98 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.; most of superstructure replaced in 2005
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Original design: Steel two-hinged deck arch
Dimensions
Span length: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 60.0 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.11155, -94.54575   (decimal degrees)
39°06'42" N, 94°32'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/366357/4330292 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Land survey
T. 50 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 34
Inventory numbers
MONBI 25389 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
MO 048-S026B31 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
BH 21695 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2008)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 96.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
240

Update Log 

  • March 7, 2010: New photo from Joshua Collins
  • January 14, 2010: New photo from Joshua Collins
  • December 9, 2009: New photos from Joshua Collins
  • April 24, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson

Sources 

Comments 

Gladstone Blvd. Bridge
Posted June 22, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Another postcard of the old bridge from the KC Library:

http://www.kchistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/Mrs&...

Gladstone Blvd. Bridge
Posted December 18, 2009, by Joshua Collins (bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com)

Yeah I agree, when I pulled up to the bridge I was shocked at how much of it was 'new' instead of 'restored original'.

Gladstone Blvd. Bridge
Posted December 11, 2009, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Agreed, this bridge, for all intents and purposes, has been replaced. I've changed the status to "lost."

This is similar to what happened in St. Louis' Forest Park with the Lafayette Bridge, another metal arch:

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/st-louis-city/forest-park/lafayet...

Forest Park replaced the original wrought-iron arches with modern welded versions in 1988. Even the Missouri Historic Bridge Inventory called the work a "misguided attempt at historic preservation." The only silver lining is that the welded arches are functional and load bearing, unlike the Gladstone Bridge, where they only serve as a facade.

Before their "rehabilitation," the Lafayette and Gladstone Bridges were the last of their kind in Missouri. The remaining vestiges of these bridges are a stark reminder that you can't fake historic preservation.

Gladstone Blvd. Bridge
Posted December 10, 2009, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

From what I can see in the photos, this bridge has been demolished, with the abutments and the outermost arch beams being left in place. A generous assessment would be to say that 2/5 of the bridge superstructure has been left in place.

The Wrought Iron Bridge Company built metal truss bridges nearly exclusively and as such the original historic bridge is nationally significant as a bridge that helps us interpret the functions and abilities of the most nationally prolific pre-1900 bridge builder in the county.

It is sad to see that the majority of this bridge has been destroyed and lost forever. I would have rather seen this bridge moved in its entirety to a new location, or at least seen the beams they removed placed in a park somewhere. They could have made a second bridge using the three arch beams they destroyed.