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Oak Street Bridge

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Roamin' Rich Revisits the Whee Bridge in Carthage on Missouri Route 66

I love this old bridge. Most of us route 66 roadies do. The bridge's existence has been threatened much of the last 2-3 years. The rail road wants it removed and replaced, and I think the fire department has objections to its designs as well. Get out there see this thing and don't go too fast (notice the scrape marks in the pavement).

Video by Roamin' Rich Jul 25, 2012

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Facts 

Overview
Wooden bridge over the UPRR on Oak Street in Carthage
Location
Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1920
Railroad
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 19.0 ft.
Total length: 56.1 ft.
Deck width: 26.9 ft.
Also called
Whee Bridge
Tickle Belly Hill
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.17654, -94.31843   (decimal degrees)
37°10'36" N, 94°19'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/382960/4115270 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Carthage
Land survey
T. 28 N., R. 31 W., Sec. 4
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
2,800
Inventory numbers
MO 049-072000.6 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 14646 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21740 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 11.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 26, 2015: New video from Roger Deschner
  • October 7, 2008: Updated by David Backlin

Sources 

  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Oak Street Bridge
Posted March 2, 2017, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Wooden sidewalks have reportedly been closed to pedestrian traffic.