The latticed struts on this bridge are like the ones used on many Attica spans.
I crossed the bridge in March of 2011. I stoped on the bridge and checked out the rain gauge on the North side. If the bridge is closed it was closed after March 2011. I will do follow-up this March when I do visit to the equipment.
The Joplin Globe reported on June 29, that the Powell Bridge has been saved from destruction. As soon as a new bridge can be built downstream, the old bridge will be converted into a pedestrian bridge.
Such a shame that they can't just rehabilitate and save a beautiful structure like this. This bridge stood out to me above most of the others on this site...partly due to its striking similarities to the long-closed Tilley Bridge on my own site. Every day it angers and disappoints me that they continue to demolish and close these structures rather than restoring them and keeping them in use. These are small lightly traveled local roads, and I do not understand why we have to constantly replace everything interesting and enjoyable with something else ugly, boring and utilitarian. It clearly shows what our leaders think of their communities and the population as a whole.
I have lived just a few hundred feet from this bridge for the last 40 years and there is nothing like the charm that this quaint old bridge presents. I have crossed it thousands of times and at no time did I feel unsafe. It has been a part of the lives of my children and grandchildren for their entire lives. When my kids were young, they fished from it, as my grandkids have just this last summer. My son had some of his senior pictures taken on the old bridge. My late husband and I used to walk to the old bridge and just stand, holding hands, looking down into the water, watching the fish swim around. It is too bad that more people haven't had such a wonderful old bridge to look at and enjoy for as many years as I have this one.