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Independence Avenue (US 24) Overpass

Photos 

West Approach from Above

Photo taken by David Backlin in June 2010

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BH Photo #197709

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Slab bridge over Independence Ave (US 24) on KCT RR
Location
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Status
Open to rail traffic above, street traffic below
History
Built 1937
Builder
- J.P. Reiter Construction Co.
Railroad
- Kansas City Terminal Railway (KCT)
Design
Slab
Dimensions
Span length: 78.1 ft.
Total length: 78.1 ft.
Also called
KCT - US24 Overpass
KCT - Independence Avenue Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.10504, -94.51295   (decimal degrees)
39°06'18" N, 94°30'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/369181/4329523 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Land survey
T. 50 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 36
Inventory numbers
MoDOT K-424 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 45541 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Average daily traffic (as of 1996 29095)
19,900

Update Log 

  • October 30, 2016: New photos from Clark Vance
  • April 13, 2015: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Kansas City Terminal Railway"
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Fixed builder info
  • December 26, 2011: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • December 25, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Added NBI
  • April 18, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Added build date, builder
  • June 24, 2010: Added by David Backlin

Sources 

  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net

Comments 

Independence Avenue (US 24) Overpass
Posted August 19, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

By the way,CVS does not ship narcotics with their regular loads to be delivered to stores.

Independence Avenue (US 24) Overpass
Posted August 18, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Maybe the truck drivers ought to start a website about which bridges they hit or destroy and how often.Then again,common sense doesn't hurt.

Independence Avenue (US 24) Overpass
Posted August 18, 2016, by Don Morrison

I think Art's idea about 29 mph too slow is right, but for a different reason. The driver was probably going 59 mph. As we all know from "Back to the Future", he would have to be going 88 mph just before the bridge in order to travel to a time before the bridge was built in order to safely follow his intended route, assuming his intended route existed before the bridge did. 8^)

Independence Avenue (US 24) Overpass
Posted August 17, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hope they had the narcotics secured!

Independence Avenue (US 24) Overpass
Posted August 17, 2016, by Kelly McClanahan

People will never learn... this happened the next day.

Independence Avenue (US 24) Overpass
Posted August 16, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Obviously, the signs at the bridge were non conforming :^)

I think the trucker was about 29 mph too slow to make it through. Considering how far under he made it, he was committed but not fully committed. He (or she) need to go and practice on some more covered bridges!

Regards,

Art S.

Independence Avenue (US 24) Overpass
Posted August 15, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Tony... well you can't blame him for trying, that technique worked for James Bond on a motorcycle. Not sure which driving school uses James Bond movies for training...

Independence Avenue (US 24) Overpass
Posted August 15, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Can't claim he didn't see the sign....

Independence Avenue (US 24) Overpass
Posted August 15, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like the driver tried to tip it over and slide it through on it's side! ;-)

Independence Avenue (US 24) Overpass
Posted August 15, 2016, by Kelly McClanahan

The Independence TEB strikes again.

Independence Ave (US 24) Bridge
Posted May 24, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

http://www.heavyconstructors.org/html/contractors.html

Heavy constructors of Kansas City area shows retired member:

JACK REITER

J.P. REITER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

Company formed 1964 and now dissolved, making the builder's mark in the photo from a rehab, perhaps 1985.

Probably the correct name for the contractor.