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27th Street Viaduct


Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record


BH Photo #116868


Lost open-spandrel arch bridge over Vine Street on 27th Street in Kansas City
Jackson County, Missouri
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1917; demolished 2005
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 371.0 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.07760, -94.56391   (decimal degrees)
39°04'39" N, 94°33'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/365369/4327732 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Land survey
T. 49 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 9
Inventory numbers
MoDOT S-051B31 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 25415 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21677 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 13, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 11, 2017: New photo from Dave King
  • March 22, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Concrete balustrade", "HAER documented"
  • July 7, 2008: New photos from Historic American Engineering Record
  • April 23, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson


  • Historic American Engineering Record
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


27th Street Viaduct
Posted September 21, 2020, by Hannah (wickedaxeguitars [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I just realized that there is a gallery of pictures here. This bridge is absolutely the one I remember. What a shame.

27th Street Viaduct
Posted September 21, 2020, by Hannah (wickedaxeguitars [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Does this ring a bell for anyone? If you have information, please contact me wickedaxeguitars(at)yahoo.com Thank you!

27th Street Viaduct
Posted March 19, 2010, by Molly Hill (birdgurl97 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I've been away from Kansas city for 10 years now, My husband did a painting of this bridge while we where going to school there. I'm sad to see that it's now gone...

27th Street Viaduct
Posted April 21, 2008, by mr2000watts (xxx2000_wattsxxx [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It's back open now and has been for several months.

27th Street Viaduct
Posted April 1, 2006, by TIm WHite (twhite64 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The 27th Street Viaduct is in the process of being replaced. Construction started during the 4Q of 2005. I'm not sure when it is scheduled to be completed.