Rating:
7 votes

Washington Avenue Bridge

Photos 

Oblique view

Photo taken by James Baughn

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BH Photo #106772

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over the railroad tracks on Washington Avenue in Sedalia, three blocks east of MO 765
Location
Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1910-11 by the Midland Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1989 and 2013
Builder
- Midland Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Railroad
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 115.1 ft.
Total length: 319.8 ft.
Deck width: 16.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.71063, -93.22400   (decimal degrees)
38°42'38" N, 93°13'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/480524/4284689 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sedalia East
Land survey
T. 45 N., R. 21 W., Sec. 5
Inventory numbers
MONBI 23167 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22306 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2016)
Deck condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 65.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
500

Update Log 

  • February 21, 2015: New Street View added by Clark Vance
  • February 20, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • January 24, 2014: Updated by John Kritos: the bridge repairs are now completed and the bridge is once again open to traffic.
  • July 14, 2013: New photos from Steven Eichelberger
  • January 12, 2013: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is scheduled for replacement this year
  • February 12, 2012: Updated by John Kritos: Updated Status - Bridge is now closed to traffic until further notice.
  • November 27, 2009: Posted HAER photos
  • February 5, 2007: Posted all new photos

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Comments 

Washington Street Bridge
Posted July 17, 2012, by John Oechsner

I was in Sedalia checking out the MKT Depot and freight house yesterday when I happened upon this bridge I'd never seen before. I wasn't sure if it was still open to pedestrians as the wooden walkway on the side wasn't blocked or taped. I started walking across and noticed about every board I stepped on was loose. About 1/2 the way up the south approach I hit an extremely loose board and decided that yes, it was probably closed too and walked back down, lol.

I hope Sedalia can find a way to save the bridge. I didn't realize it was built in 1910, it's over 100 years old! It'd be a shame to lose it now.