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KCS - Blue Parkway Viaduct

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by James Baughn

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BH Photo #105586

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Facts 

Overview
Three-span open-spandrel arch bridge over Blue Parkway (former US 50) on the Kansas City Southern Railway in Kansas City
Location
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Status
Open to railroad traffic above and four-lane highway traffic below
History
Built 1928
Railroad
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
Design
Open-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 480.0 ft.
Also called
50 Highway Railroad Bridge
Blue Parkway Railroad Viaduct
Blue Parkway Viaduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.03360, -94.51402   (decimal degrees)
39°02'01" N, 94°30'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/368957/4321595 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Land survey
49N-33W-25
Inventory number
BH 21684 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 12, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • March 25, 2016: New photos from Mark Frazier
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Railroad"
  • March 6, 2010: New photos from Joshua Collins
  • June 26, 2006: Posted new photos

Sources 

  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Mark Frazier - mfrazier404 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Blue Parkway Railroad Viaduct
Posted December 27, 2010, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Youtube video is now here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY7HZJc_B14

Blue Parkway Railroad Viaduct
Posted March 20, 2010, by Michael Gillespie (TheRiverWriter [at] aol [dot] com)

In 1940 Kansas City Southern produced a film that showed the inagural run of the Southern Belle going over this bridge. It's about 20 seconds into the film, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d21uOQGhlGY

Blue Parkway Railroad Viaduct
Posted October 17, 2007, by Kelly McClanahan (KMCCLA [at] aol [dot] com)

In all there are four high spans for the KCS in Kansas City, three are of this type. The other two high concrete arch bridges are found at 67th Street, and Gregory BLVD (can be seen from I-435). The 67th Street bridge/Wildcat Hollow is hidden, and is in a heavily wooded area. The other high span is across 63rd Street.