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Route B Locust Creek Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken Dec. 2006 by Ben Keller

BH Photo #106021

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Locust Creek on Route B, west of Linneus
Location
Linn County, Missouri
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1925 or earlier in Chariton County; relocated here in August 1939
Design
Pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Total length: 236.8 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.87751, -93.22752   (decimal degrees)
39°52'39" N, 93°13'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/480543/4414186 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Linneus
Land survey
T. 58 N., R. 21 W., Sec. 2
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
296
Inventory numbers
MoDOT X-480 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 9682 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21935 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2012)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 19, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Doomed
  • January 8, 2007: Posted photos from Ben Keller

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Comments 

Route B Locust Creek Bridge
Posted June 13, 2014, by Anonymous (tillerman61 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been replaced.

Route B Locust Creek Bridge
Posted July 20, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

"The current bridge is a railroad truss bridge from the 1880's repurposed in the 1930's"

1880's railroad bridge? I rather doubt it. The deck is too wide for a railroad. From what I see in Ben's photos it sure doesn't look like a pre-1910 bridge.

"MoDOT apologizes for any inconvenience this necessary closure may cause."

But they don't apologize for destroying a historic structure. If it truly is a 1880's bridge, it could even be wrought iron. *sigh*

Doomed-Scheduled for Replacement
Posted July 19, 2013, by Diane (vbvixendi [at] aol [dot] com)

Too many flooding events with uprooted trees hitting the pin connections has doomed this bridge.

MoDOT's press release

July 12, 2013 02:40 PM

Route B Bridge in Linn County to be Replaced

LINNEUS, Mo. - The Route B Bridge over Locust Creek west of Linneus will be replaced with a new bridge by spring 2014, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. The bridge has been closed since June 6, due to issues with the structure found during inspection.

"We knew this project was an urgent need of the community when we determined it couldn't be repaired," said MoDOT Northwest Area Engineer Tonya Lohman. "Our goal is to reopen the bridge before crop planting in the spring if at all possible."

MoDOT plans to let a contract to replace the old bridge in the September 2013 bid opening. Work could begin as early as October 2013 and the bridge be reopened to traffic by spring 2014, weather permitting. The current bridge is a railroad truss bridge from the 1880's repurposed in the 1930's on the state system.

MoDOT has selected Hanson Professional Services, Inc. as the consultant to prepare bridge and roadway plans for the bridge replacement. Consultant staff has already begun surveying the area and will soon begin geotechnical investigations. MoDOT staff is also evaluating environmental, cultural and architectural resources in the project area.

The current bridge will remain closed until the new one is in place and motorists will need to continue using an alternate route. MoDOT apologizes for any inconvenience this necessary closure may cause.

Locust Creek Route B Bridge
Posted June 17, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like the flooring system was altered when it was moved. Looks like large beams aiding the truss. Either way, the bridge should be repaired. The bridge has historic value and the traffic does not justify a costly replacement. Based on prior NBI inspection, which is not bad, my guess is closure is related to an isolated serious issue that could be fixed... not because the entire bridge has widespread serious issues.

Locust Creek Route B Bridge
Posted June 17, 2013, by Diane (vbvixendi [at] aol [dot] com)

MoDOT has closed bridge. On June 6, 2013, a routine inspection of the bridge over Locust Creek on Route B, just west of Linneus, Mo., prompted the closure of the bridge. Inspectors and district staff will evaluate what type of repair and/or replacement is necessary. The bridge is a truss bridge originally built by the Linn County Commission in 1939 and carries approximately 300 cars per day.