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MO96 Overpass



Side View

Photo taken by David Backlin in December 2008


Street View 


Concrete tee beam bridge over BNSF & MNA RR on MO 96 (Historic Route 66) in Carthage
Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri
Open with weight restictions
Future prospects
Routine inspection indicated accelerated deterioration in the substructure. (via MODot website)
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 09/2013)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 47.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)

Update Log 

  • 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



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.