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Sheffield Steel Blue River Lift Bridge

Photos 

View from SW corner

Photo taken by Clark Vance in July 2013

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BH Photo #260319

Map 

Street View 

Description 

There is no navigation of the Blue River. The river often flooded until fully channelized in the '80s. This bridge was able to lift seven feet above the flooded channel for the safety of the bridge.

Built for the Sheffield Steel Corp to connect the main plant with a new rolling mill. The concrete abutment is dated 1950 but there is a KC Star photo from 1964 describing it as new. The 1955 photos in the KC Library Missouri Valley Collection clearly lack a bridge in this spot.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned pony/through plate girder vertical lift bridge over Blue River on Abandoned Railroad
Location
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Status
Abandoned
History
A replacement built in 1964 to service the Armco Steel plant. Original bridge 1950.
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Total length: 232.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.10731, -94.49492   (decimal degrees)
39°06'26" N, 94°29'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/370744/4329748 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Independence
Land survey
T. 50 N., R. 32 W., Sec. 31
Inventory number
BH 57329 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 8, 2017: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 7, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • September 18, 2015: Updated by Clark Vance: Added information from news photo
  • November 29, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Flood Jacks"
  • August 29, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • July 23, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Info from field visit
  • July 23, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler