Rating:
2 votes

Branch Center Creek Old Route 66 Bridge

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Overview
Slab bridge over a branch of Center Creek on Old 66 Blvd
Location
Jasper County, Missouri
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1922; demolished Sept. 2016
Design
Skewed, three-span continuous concrete slab
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 18.0 ft.
Total length: 55.1 ft.
Deck width: 18.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.17289, -94.40600   (decimal degrees)
37°10'22" N, 94°24'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/375180/4114977 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Webb City
Land survey
T. 28 N., R. 32 W., Sec. 3
Inventory numbers
MONBI 24309 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 48477 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 60.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
200

Update Log 

  • May 1, 2016: Updated by David Backlin: Updated status to Doomed
  • March 23, 2011: Added by James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net

Comments 

Branch Center Creek Old Route 66 Bridge
Posted December 26, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I agree David. They could have put something completely undistinguished there.

In the pre-interstate times we would go down US71 to US66 to reach the lake in Oklahoma. Every time one of the things along the route (bridge, motel, diner) disappears the road becomes less of what it was in reality and my memory. So little of the road retains its original look. I hate to see things replaced with "theme park" recreations that aren't what I remember.

Purely selfish, but that's part of why people are into historical preservation.

Branch Center Creek Old Route 66 Bridge
Posted December 25, 2016, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

A lot of Route 66 fans want to see more of these. At least it's better than a cheap metal culvert.

Branch Center Creek Old Route 66 Bridge
Posted December 24, 2016, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Clark,

Yes, I hope the county commissioners don't sprain their shoulders patting themselves on the back for this.

The new railing doesn't look like anything else I've seen in Missouri. Illinois used a style like this in the 1940s but that's about the closest I can find.

I guess this is better than Jersey barriers but that's not saying much.

Branch Center Creek Old Route 66 Bridge
Posted December 24, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I don't consider the tarted up railings with "art deco" features as "preserving" the appearance of the old bridge. They tampered with history here.

Branch Center Creek Old Route 66 Bridge
Posted December 23, 2016, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)
Branch Center Creek Old Route 66 Bridge
Posted October 19, 2016, by Anonymous

It was also part of the original Jefferson Highway (pre Route 66)

Old Route 66 Trib To Center Creek Bridge
Posted May 2, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Is there a story here? This historic bridge seems to have rated well last inspection. You'd think they would continue preserving as much of the old Route 66 as possible.