View from Right Descending Bank (Jackson County)
Photo taken by Mark Frazier October 2007
BH Photo #133536
Would be great if they could keep the bridge as a park. Pathetic that they would try to demolish only a few years after renaming. If they tear it down and name a UCEB after Buck, how disrespectful.
A pipe dream being floated to convert part of the bridge into a park.
The end is drawing nearer. Apparently not satisfied with blowing up a landmark historic bridge, MoDOT found a few buildings to level as well.
I found this of interest because my examination of the historic bridge's approach suggests that the historic bridge was carefully designed around existing buildings and streets. Bents and girders are carefully placed for this purpose.
Missouri DOT unveiled renderings of the proposed new bridge. It's an ugly UCEB. The Mayor of Kansas City is NOT happy about the design.
how tall is this dam bridge
Now that I am logged in on the computer, I am glad to see that Mr. Buck O'Neil has been recognized in this manner.
Never try to post comments with a new cell phone...
Make that Nick O'Neil... phone kept autocorrecting to Nick O'Noel, whoever he is...
Glad to see something named after Buck O'Niel That man had a very positive impact on Kansas City. His rejection from entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame shortly before his death was a sad day in Kansas City. Being the gracious man he was, he took it all in stride. He was elected the following year after his death IIRC.
Field visited this bridge June 2016. No indication of a plaque for this bridge on BridgeHunter. I drove RIGHT BY IT. My GoPro caught it, but my eyes didn't... if you are a safe driver your eyes won't be looking where it is. Such that future bridgehunters might enjoy the knowledge of where the plaque is, please be advised it hides between two trees, mounted on the concrete retaining wall for the north approach, on the east side of the north roundabout that intersects Harlem Avenue. 39.116779, -94.590741
Interest is building locally to save it:
Recent news says there is a desire to replace, but that repair is also an option.
I recall when this was built. At the time it simply connected city streets. Now on the north side of the river the bridge has been linked to limited access expressways while the south side empties into a stop light. The geometry here is a bad adaptation which probably can't be improved, even with a second, parallel span.
The current roadway is hemmed in by the airport to the west and a main rail line (including the Hannibal bridge crossing) to the east. My guess is that the best solution for handling increased traffic will involve a major realignment of the crossing to the east. None of this will be as cheap as maintaining the current bridge (and the poor traffic flow).
I am surprised. The Fairfax Bridge is actually more historically significant and is in immediate danger of demolition. Both would be a big loss.
The topo map for this bridge is not the correct map.
The Edwardsville Kansas Quadrangle comes up instead.
City funding a feasibility study: https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2022/05/24/buck-...