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Woods Chapel Road East Fork Little Blue River Bridge

Photo 

Old Woods Chaple Bridge

A screen shot from the old Google Earth view.

Photo From Google Earth submitted by Kelly McClanahan

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BH Photo #355588

Map 

Description 

Pony Truss Bridge over the East Fork Little Blue River on the Old Now Submerged Alignment of Woods Chapel Road. The Road is now submerged by Blue Springs Lake and the Bridge Status is unknown as either lost or submerged. The 2/1990 Google Earth Historic Image of the Road being partially submerged by a filling Blue Springs Lake possibly shows the bridge missing but the shot is not clear enough to confirm the bridge as lost. The Bridge Appears in USGS Aerial Images Over the Area From 14-OCT-50 to 21-MAR-80 from the source at http://earthexplorer.usgs.gov/ The Time the Bridge was Built was sometime on or before 1934 per the USGS Topo Maps of the area.

The bridge appears to have been around 775 feet. The lake appears to be around normally 790, so it's possible it remains submerged.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over East Fork Little Blue River on Southwest Woods Chapel Road
Location
Blue Springs, Jackson County, Missouri
Status
Either Submerged by Blue Springs Lake around 1990 or most likley lost in the late 1980s as the lake levels would not quite be deep enough to completely submerge the bridge. Needs confirmation with someone with a fish finder in this area.
History
Built Before or During 1934 Flooded or Demolished by the Construction of Blue Springs Lake in the late 1980s. Replaced by a new bridge and causeway nearby to the west as part of the Blue Springs Lake project.
Design
Pony Truss Bridge over the East Fork Little Blue River on the Old Now Submerged Alignment of Woods Chapel Road.
Also called
Woods Chapel Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.99782, -94.31226   (decimal degrees)
38°59'52" N, 94°18'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/386363/4317353 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lake Jacomo
Land survey
T. 48 N., R. 31 W., Sec. 2
Elevation
775 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 59049 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Blue Springs, Missouri (2)
Inundated (65)
Jackson County, Missouri (237)
Missouri (5,936)
Pony truss (15,049)
Truss (29,442)

Update Log 

  • June 22, 2016: New photo from Kelly McClanahan
  • December 21, 2013: Updated by Chris Knight: More Details

Sources 

  • NETR Historic Aerials Image of the Bridge - A searchable aerial image of the bridge shown here. The Site also has browsable USGS Topo Maps of the Area which also somewhat confirms the date of the bridge being built was on or before 1934 as it doesn't show in the 1932 Topo Map.
  • Kelly McClanahan

Comments 

Woods Chapel Road East Fork Little Blue River Bridge
Posted March 29, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I drove over this one many times in the late '70s. It was not a large bridge, possibly a small pony truss. Absolutely not a through truss.

I still pass the location often and believe the water is shallow enough that any remains would be visible. It was probably removed to prevent posing a hazard to small boats.