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KCS - Blue Ridge Boulevard Overpass

Photos 

Photo taken by Clark Vance in June 2011

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BH Photo #202891

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Description 

Probably the southernmost bridge in the string of bridges built when KCS built their new alignment following Blue Ridge. The old alignment running down to the Blue River almost due north was kept in operation by the Frisco until the '80s.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Blue Ridge Boulevard on Kansas City Southern Railway
Location
Grandview, Jackson County, Missouri
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1929
Railroad
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Span length: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 40.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.89860, -94.53841   (decimal degrees)
38°53'55" N, 94°32'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/366593/4306649 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grandview
Land survey
T. 47 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 14
Inventory number
BH 48999 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 9, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • April 13, 2014: Updated by Kelly McClanahan: Added category "Doomed"
  • August 20, 2013: New Street View added by Kelly McClanahan
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Railroad"
  • December 26, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Kansas City Southern Railway"
  • June 28, 2011: Added by Clark Vance

Sources 

  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Kelly McClanahan
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

KCS Blue Ridge Boulevard Overpass
Posted August 20, 2013, by Kelly McClanahan

I am not sure, but I suspect that sometime in the future, KCS will build a new bridge. There are a second set of bridge abutments over I-49/US 71 about a mile away to the north, so they could be in place for siding extension in the future. Also, Blue Ridge is very narrow through here, so if they ever to decide to widen it, they would have to build a new bridge (I deleted this, but I added it again).

After writing the first comment, I discovered that they are indeed, are planning to build a new bridge. The plans are to build it to the east of the old one, and then at another date, build a second one.