Overview from the west
Photo taken by James Baughn
BH Photo #105556
The A.S.B. Bridge is the only one of its type and design ever constructed anywhere else worldwide, this, only because of its lift span. The vertical lift span carries the lower railroad deck, and can allows the hangers from the lower deck to be contracted into the truss members of the upper deck, thus allowing auto traffic to continue on top, even when the lower lever is raised for river traffic.
[Webmaster's note: Waddell also designed the Steel Bridge in Portland, Oregon, which also has a telescoping vertical-lift design, although it is configured somewhat differently.]
- Vertical-lift through truss bridge over the Missouri River on the BNSF Railway in Kansas City
- Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, and Clay County, Missouri
- Open to railroad traffic
- Opened to traffic on December 28, 1911; upper roadway deck removed 1987
- - American Concrete Co.
- Frederick William Fratt (President Union Depot Bridge & Terminal Railway Company)
- James O'Connor & Son
- McClintic-Marshall Co. of Chicago, Illinois & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Waddell & Harrington of Kansas City, Missouri (Design)
- - BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
- Kansas City, Clay County & St. Joseph Railway (KCCC&StJ)
- From south to north, as originally built:
Two deck plate girder spans, total length 92 ft.
One Baltimore through truss span, length 285.9 ft.
Five deck plate girder spans, total length 287 ft.
Six deck plate girder spans, total length 428 ft.
One vertical-lift Baltimore through truss, 428 ft.
One fixed Baltimore deck truss, 428 ft.
One fixed Baltimore deck truss, 426 ft.
Twenty-five deck plate girder spans, total length 1399 ft.
One Baltimore through truss, length 129 ft.
Five deck plate girder spans, total length 173 ft.
Length of largest span: 428.0 ft.
Total length: 1,475.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
- Also called
- Armour, Swift, Burlington Bridge (full name)
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +39.11663, -94.58023 (decimal degrees)
39°06'60" N, 94°34'49" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/363386/4330908 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Kansas City
- Land survey
- T. 50 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 26 and 32
- Inventory numers
- MoDOT K-229R4 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 21680 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- November 24, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
- October 22, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
- September 19, 2016: New photos from Dave King
- September 14, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
- September 5, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
- January 19, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added additional original/historical names.
- June 1, 2015: New photo from Luke
- March 8, 2014: New Street View added by Kelly McClanahan
- October 20, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad", "Navigable waterway"
- June 28, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "KCCC&StJ interurban RR"
- September 8, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
- January 5, 2010: New photos from Eric Kinkhorst
- October 6, 2009: New photo from Mark Frazier
- October 7, 2008: New photos from Rick Mattioni
- April 30, 2008: Essay added by Max Johnson
- July 3, 2006: Posted new photos