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Tuscumbia Bridge


View from Tuscumbia riverfront

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Tuscumbia Bridge J-719

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Posted by Clark Vance

Recovered from archive of MODOT site. Includes bill of materials and dimension drawings, as well as numerous photographs.



Driving across northbound

Video shot Sept. 27, 2009, by James Baughn

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Lost through and deck truss bridge over the Osage River on MO 17 at Tuscumbia
Miller County, Missouri
Demolished and replaced
Built 1932; replaced 2010
- Industrial Construction Co. (Contractor)
Cantilevered through truss
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 1,083.7 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.23507, -92.44830   (decimal degrees)
38°14'06" N, 92°26'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/548283/4232040 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 40 N., R. 14 W., Sec. 11
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 5496 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
MoDOT J-719 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 22053 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 15, 2021: Document added by Clark Vance
  • May 26, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • February 11, 2015: Photos imported by Dave King
  • September 2, 2010: New photos from James Baughn
  • August 31, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • August 16, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated status and expected demolition date.
  • December 20, 2009: New video from James Baughn
  • February 17, 2009: Bridge is slated for replacement using Stimulus Bill funds
  • January 25, 2005: Posted new photos

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Tuscumbia Bridge
Posted June 9, 2019, by WMD

The design of the bridge was a Continuous Warren Through Truss. It wasn't cantilevered.

Tuscumbia Bridge
Posted August 10, 2010, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

MoDOT has announced an August 16th ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bridge.

Tuscumbia Bridge
Posted May 2, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am guessing that MoDOT's video you saw focused on the deck and bottom chord of the bridge. Because the DOT favors demolition, they will always show the worst parts of a bridge during their public presentations, and they always ignore the good parts of the bridge. The deck of this bridge was in extremely poor condition. The bottom chord was also in poor condition, because moisture and deicing salt always deteriorate these areas. However the majority of the truss, that which is above the roadway, such as the diagonal members, top chord, etc, are in decent shape. My diagnosis? Replace the deck, possibly replace the bottom chord, conduct repairs on other members, clean and repaint. Possible retrofit or heavy repair of substructure. A comprehensive rehabilitation was feasible in my view.

Tuscumbia Bridge
Posted April 28, 2010, by JT Legg (talmo346 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I saved a video of the Tuscumbia Bridge made by MoDOT. It shows that no matter how pretty that bridge is, it was in absolutely dreadful condition. I'm for historic preservation, but this one would have been tough to save.

Tuscumbia Bridge
Posted September 20, 2007, by J Dey (littlemunchcat [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was born in Tuscumbia in 1956 (we lived in Rocky Mount) and since the Osteopathic Clinic was the closest medical facility, a drive across the bridge was inevitable. I have watched as the old Zebra bridge was replaced with a modern 4-lane (many of the old Lake area bridges have been lost to accomodate the increase in traffic), and my husband and I saw the last section of the Boonville Hwy 5 bridge demolished. Is there no way to save some of the older bridges? Isn't it worth a the extra expense to restore a historic structure than to lose it save a few pictures and memories? Many people look at historic bridges, buildings etc. as direct links to the past; OUR past.

Tuscumbia Bridge
Posted July 12, 2006, by Jeanie Luttrell (phdesk [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I drive accross this bridge everyday to work, but the most breath taking view is when you are about to float under it. It is awsome. It would be worth your while to take the boat trip. GREAT PHOTO OPPS.

Tuscumbia Bridge
Posted April 13, 2006, by Nicolas Runyan (nic_lions22 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I too love this bridge. I have also heard talk about a new bridge but not sure when it will be built. If a new bridge is built i would like to see the old bridge kept around and used as a tourist attraction.

Tuscumbia Bridge
Posted December 2, 2005, by Beverly S. Pendleton (redhead101551 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I too love the bridge. I live where I see it standing proudly everyday. I am sorry it is in such sad shape. I feel we need to repair it before it gets too dangerous to drive over. There is talk of a new bridge??

Tuscumbia Bridge
Posted November 22, 2005, by Daniel Helton (daniel_tomas17 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I love this bridge but it is in very poor condition. When you drive underneath in a boat you can sometimes feel small peices of concrete fall on you from overhead. This bridge is the focal point of many pictures I have seen and even some paintings. I especially love the view from the old courthouse in town