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Turnback Creek Old US 66 Bridge

Photos 

Side view

Photo taken April 2004 by David Backlin

BH Photo #105917

Map 

Video 

Mark W. Shannon

Facts 

Overview
Three-span pony truss bridge over Turnback Creek on Old US 66
Location
Lawrence County, Missouri
Status
Open to traffic with a 3 ton weight limit
History
Built 1923; made obsolete by new bridge on US 66 (now MO 96) in 1960
Builder
- Baker & Koontz of Carthage, Missouri (Contractor)
Design
Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 69.8 ft.
Total length: 215.8 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.19250, -93.68811   (decimal degrees)
37°11'33" N, 93°41'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/438929/4116448 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Halltown
Land survey
T. 29 N., R. 25 W., Sec. 29
Inventory numbers
MO 055-272001.8 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 20730 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21863 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 62.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
150

Categories 

Baker & Koontz (3)
Built 1923 (538)
Built during 1920s (8,875)
Lawrence County, Missouri (38)
Missouri (5,968)
Open (36,905)
Owned by county (18,928)
Pony truss (15,088)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,017)
Total length 175-250 feet (3,815)
Truss (29,557)
US 66 (235)
Warren pony truss (2,957)
Warren truss (5,827)

Update Log 

  • June 20, 2016: New video from Mark Shannon
  • December 13, 2008: New photo from Gene McCluney
  • March 8, 2005: Posted photos by David Backlin

Sources 

Comments 

Turnback Creek Old US 66 Bridge
Posted July 3, 2015, by Chuck Martin (Cemjr333 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I made a mistake on the location . Was there a one lane bridge just 200 ft Noth and just West of the Turback Bridge. It would have been a one lane pony truss bridge. Just pass the house you can see on google earth as you face North standing on Turn Back bridge.

Turnback Creek Old US 66 Bridge
Posted June 5, 2015, by Chuck Martin (cemjr333 [at] gmail [dot] com)

John posted he use to swim at this bridge. John was there another bridge that crossed just North of this bridge? It was about 300 ft north and to the east . Probably an old ine lane. It would be between the homes just North of this bridge.

Turnback Creek Old US 66 Bridge
Posted January 3, 2006, by John

I grew up on a farm on Hwy 266 (old Route 66) just a few miles east of this bridge. My friends and I used to swim in Turnback Creek underneath this bridge. It was always a popular "swimin' hole" for boys in the summer.