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Curtis Road Bridge


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Photo taken by David Smothers September 27, 2008


BH Photo #125415



Lost pony truss bridge over East Fork Sni-A-Bar Creek on Curtis Road
Lafayette County, Missouri
Replaced by new bridge
Built ca. 1930
Riveted, 5-panel Pratt pony truss
Span length: 89.8 ft.
Total length: 89.8 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.98167, -94.00667   (decimal degrees)
38°58'54" N, 94°00'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/412807/4315224 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chapel Hill
Land survey
T. 48 N., R. 28 W., Sec. 9
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
MO 054-443001.0 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 23918 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21833 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2007)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 43.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 4, 2008: New photos from David Smothers


  • David Smothers - davidsupreme [at] embarqmail [dot] com


Curtis Road Bridge
Posted September 30, 2009, by David Smothers (davidsmothers [at] msn [dot] com)

Well, this brdige has now been removed. A local farmer MAY have gotten it to use on private property, I'll call and find out. The sufficency rating wasn't that bad... and this bridge had a weight limit posted of 8 tons. This could have EASILY been rehabilitated.

Curtis Road Bridge
Posted August 3, 2008, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


There is almost always a way to obtain these bridges. You can start with a call to the highway department of the county the bridge is located in. They should be able to tell you the current status of the bridge, and if there are any reuse plans already in place for the bridge. If the county has control of the bridge you would probably go through the county government. If it is a state bridge you would contact the state DOT, many of which have a reuse program in place for historic bridges. I believe Missouri is one of these. Here in Indiana I come across many bridges that have been relocated to private drives. Good Luck!


Curtis Road Bridge
Posted August 3, 2008, by thompson (vtrn [at] embarqmail [dot] com)

We read in the Odessa, Mo. paper earlier this year or last year that this bridge would be replaced soon...Do counties give bridges away to landowners who could use them, et. span gullies on their property?? versus destroying them or sending them to bridge cemetary???

any info would be appreciated. thank you