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US 71 Blue River Bridge

Map 

Description 

The original bridge that carried two lanes of US 71 across the Blue River. A second bridge was added to the west when US 71 became three lanes (alternating center passing lane) from here south until the 1960s when it went a full four lanes on a new alignment. Closed every few years when the Blue flooded. This bridge and it's southbound partner carried US 71 until it was realigned to the east. Removed ca 1992 and replaced with a wider bridge carrying all lanes of Old 71 now named Hickman Mills Drive.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Blue River on US 71
Location
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1925 to carry US 71 over the Blue River. Removed when US 71 was rerouted.
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 129.9 ft.
Total length: 228.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
US 71 Northbound Blue River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.97285, -94.54722   (decimal degrees)
38°58'22" N, 94°32'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/365968/4314902 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grandview
Land survey
T. 48 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 22
Elevation
750 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 69231 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 17, 2015: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "7-panel truss"
  • September 16, 2015: Added by Clark Vance

Sources 

  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com