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RI - Blue Ridge Cut-Off Overpass


Looking North

Photo taken by Joshua Collins in March 2010


BH Photo #157438


Street View 


This bridge was built when Blue Ridge was widened as part of the Truman Sports Complex construction in the early 1970s. It replaced a narrow bridge similar to this one located to the south: http://bridgehunter.com/mo/jackson/bh48932/


Unused pony plate girder bridge over Blue Ridge Cut-Off on the Rock Island Railroad in Kansas City
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Railroad line inactive
Future prospects
Work to begin 2017, and reopen fore trail traffic 2018.
Unused since 1980 with the bankruptcy of the Rock Island Railroad
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
Pony plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.03997, -94.47609   (decimal degrees)
39°02'24" N, 94°28'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/372251/4322248 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 49 N., R. 32 W., Sec. 29
865 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 36481 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2013: New Street View added by Kelly McClanahan
  • June 18, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Added topo map info and description
  • March 7, 2010: Updated by Joshua Collins: added gps coordinates
  • April 25, 2008: Added by Max Johnson


  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Kelly McClanahan


Blue Ridge Cut-Off overpass
Posted November 25, 2010, by Remick Bloss (madirea [at] cox [dot] net)

Excellent!!! Can you please get photos of the RI bridge that crosses the rr tracks at Leeds Junction? I believe it was a long one: it crossed the MP and SL-SF tracks with a through plate girder bridge, used trestle bents to cross a heavily-wooded area, crossed the KCS tracks on a ? span, more trestle bents, and then crossed Manchester Trafficway on a deck plate girder bridge supported by wood and concrete piers and abutments. Would love to see this bridge with a series of photos. Can't wait!!!