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Washington Avenue Bridge



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Photo taken by James Baughn

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Through truss bridge over the railroad tracks on Washington Avenue in Sedalia, three blocks east of MO 765
Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1910-11 by the Midland Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1989 and 2013
- Midland Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
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)

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



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.