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Wardell Bridge



Photo taken by James Baughn in August 2008


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Through truss bridge over Little River on CR 216 at Wardell
Wardell, Pemiscot County, Missouri
Closed to all traffic
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 132.8 ft.
Deck width: 11.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.34937, -89.82172   (decimal degrees)
36°20'58" N, 89°49'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/246780/4026397 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 20 N., R. 11 E., Sec. 25
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
MO 078-105000.0 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 15959 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22262 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 16, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: city
  • August 18, 2011: Updated by Ben Tate: Bridge is currently closed
  • August 20, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • November 6, 2006: Posted photos from Ron Wilbanks


  • Ron Wilbanks
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Luke


Wardell Bridge
Posted April 16, 2014, by Dustin Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The deck on this bridge is beginning to crumble away as it stands unused. I visited it this past Sunday on bicycle, and it's still passable on foot or bike, but it's so sad to see it closed to other traffic. Can't something be done?

Wardell Bridge
Posted April 8, 2012, by D. W. Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As of today, this bridge is still SBNO. The deck is in terrible condition, but it doesn't appear anyone's in any rush to do anything about it. If they decide they don't want it anymore, I've got plenty of room for it in my back yard!

Wardell Bridge
Posted May 13, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have been wondering about this and other bridges in SE Missouri. I understand that the flooding has been severe in this region.

Wardell Bridge
Posted May 12, 2011, by D. W. Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Any update on this? I love this little bridge!

Wardell Bridge
Posted March 20, 2011, by Donmorrris (Don72315 [at] yahoo [dot] Com)

Closed to traffic on 03/17/11 visit

Wardell Bridge
Posted January 18, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As far as the date of construction, I might go out on a limb and guess about 1900-1912. I have not checked county records, so I am just basing this based on the general appearance of the bridge. Date of construction could potentially be late 1890s, but probably not newer then about 1912.

Wardell Bridge
Posted January 17, 2010, by D. W. Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I visited this bridge on a whim Friday morning and was delighted to see how well they keep the wooden deck maintained on it. It has a posted 6-ton limit, though none of my friends at home seem to want to touch it with a ten-foot stick. Does anyone have a clue as to how old this bridge is?

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