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MO 96 Overpass



Side View

Photo taken by David Backlin in December 2008



Mark W. Shannon


Street View 


Concrete tee beam bridge over BNSF & MNA RR on MO 96 (Historic Route 66) in Carthage
Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri
Closed for replacement
Future prospects
Routine inspection indicated accelerated deterioration in the substructure. (via MODot website) Scheduled for replacement 2017
Built 1934
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad (MNA)
Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 52.5 ft.
Total length: 315.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.17959, -94.30316   (decimal degrees)
37°10'47" N, 94°18'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/384320/4115590 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 28 N., R. 31 W., Sec. 3
Inventory numbers
MONBI 5807 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 37480 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2014)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 25.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)

Update Log 

  • September 1, 2016: Updated by David Backlin: Bridge Closed
  • July 5, 2016: Updated by David Backlin: Doomed
  • June 20, 2016: New video from Mark Shannon
  • May 30, 2012: Updated by David Backlin: Corrected listing: Bridge is OPEN
  • January 5, 2012: Updated by David Backlin: Bridge is now doomed
  • December 27, 2008: Updated by David Backlin: Added GPS Coordinates
  • September 28, 2008: Added by David Backlin



MO96 Overpass
Posted September 1, 2016, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Courtesy MODOT Southwest District:

The Route 96 bridge over the Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad tracks in northeast Carthage is CLOSED until it can be replaced in 2017.

An inspection of the bridge revealed further deterioration. As a safety precaution, the bridge was closed Sept. 1, 2016, to ALL traffic until it can be replaced in 2017. The bridge will remain closed until the replacement project begins in late 2016/early 2017.

MO 96 Railroad Bridge
Posted March 19, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

FYI. I checked the MoDOT Vendor Plans Room and can confirm there is a Spring River Bridge replacement contract being bid on, however there does not appear to be any contract for the RR bridge at this time. If it is up for replacement, the contract was either was let some time ago, or has yet to be posted for bidding.

MO 96 Railroad Bridge
Posted March 19, 2012, by Ron Hart (visit66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)


I too thought that this was the bridge scheduled to be removed this summer, but MODOT map and Carthage City says it is the 1953 Spring River bridge. Could you e-mail me with any details. I also have a map of Carthage circa 1929 that shows two bridges over Spring River and a small tributary. The main bridge on the park side was removed (when?), but do you know about the second bridge that carried original 66 traffic onto River Street? Also, when the 1934 viaduct was built, where did the road go heading east at that time? Was it to the "V" highway which was the first alternate of 66? I am trying to fix exact dates for these bridges. Thanks.