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Frisco - Blue Ridge Boulevard Overpass

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Description 

A simple wooden bridge over Blue Ridge, however it was lower clearance than the KCS Bridge to the west. KCS operated this line after the Frisco abandoned it (there is a switchback located to the south connecting the mainline to this). The line used to extend to the north where it went under the KCS. KCS later removed both bridges, and the line was cut back to just south of the crossing.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Blue Ridge Boulevard on St. Louis-San Francisco Railway
Location
Grandview, Jackson County, Missouri
Status
Lost
Railroads
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Design
Timber stringer
Dimensions
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.89858, -94.53749   (decimal degrees)
38°53'55" N, 94°32'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/366672/4306645 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grandview
Inventory number
BH 57711 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad", "Railroad", "Kansas City Southern Railway"
  • August 20, 2013: Added by Kelly McClanahan

Sources 

  • Kelly McClanahan

Comments 

Frisco Blue Ridge Boulevard Overpass
Posted August 20, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

From what I can determine, the KCS and Frisco joined just north of Grandview and ran north into the Blue River Valley and into Leeds. KCS built a new route around 1929 which headed to the northeast along Blue Ridge eventually joining the old route at Leeds. There are several nice open spandrel concrete arches along this new alignment.