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Francka Ford Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Greg Hall

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BH Photo #109575

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Pomme de Terre River on 117th Road, just beyond the end of Route NN
Location
Polk County, Missouri
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1913-14 by the Canton Bridge Co.; replaced 2012
Builder
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Pin-connected, 9-panel Parker through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 140.1 ft.
Total length: 220.1 ft.
Deck width: 13.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.70178, -93.40801   (decimal degrees)
37°42'06" N, 93°24'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/464032/4172806 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cliquot
Land survey
T. 34 N., R. 23 W., Sec. 1
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
60
Inventory numbers
MO 084-159000.3 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 17649 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22361 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2007)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 18, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Replaced
  • October 14, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed status......As bridge appears to have been on the wrong end of a vehicle.

Sources 

Comments 

Francka Ford Bridge
Posted December 18, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The appropriate corrective measure to the damage caused to this historic bridge was to replace the vertical member and bottom chord connection that was destroyed. Maybe a new floor beam too. Looked like the rest of the bridge was repairable.

I looked at the video which shows what the new "bridge" looks like (a slab of concrete) and I found I needed a...

Francka Ford Bridge
Posted December 18, 2013, by Fred Sanford (Frederick_Sanford [at] aol [dot] com)

Bridge removed, new bridge completed, dedicated September 2013... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxkwxLSupf8

Francka Ford Bridge
Posted October 13, 2010, by Tyler Garrett (tyboy2400 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is also know localy as "Franski Bridge". Here is a youtube link of a video I shot of the bridge on Oct 13th, 2010.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irB8EXkJv1k

Pomme de Terre River Bridge
Posted May 26, 2009, by Greg Hall (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

Auto accident caused damage to the bridge and resulted in it's closing April 22, 2009. These photo's recording the damage were taken on May 23, 2009.

Photo 1- Looking East-floor hanging

Photo 2- Looking North

Photo 3- Looking North-Damage on right/far end

Photo 4- Look North down East side

Photo 5- Look South

Photo 6- Floor Sag-Steel structural damage on left

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Pomme de Terre River Bridge
Posted May 3, 2009, by Greg Hall (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

Bridge closed last week due to damage from an auto accident. It is alleged that the damage is severe enough that the county is considering replacing it.

Pomme de Terre CR S-117 Bridge
Posted February 20, 2007, by Greg Hall/Darren Gilmore (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

Photo 7:East side from north bank

Photo 8: North supports. Rear one bowed slightly

Photo 9: Under looking south

Photo 10: North bank support. Steel rusted at bottom,rivets missing in places

Photo 11: lower joint

Photo 12: South/East support

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Pomme de Terre CR S-117 Bridge
Posted February 20, 2007, by Greg Hall/Darren Gilmore (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

GPS actual 37 42.147, 93 24.454

Neat bridge. Larger than the other Canton Bridge Company bridges in our area. Longer span as well. Not sure if the larger frame is due to higher load carrying or longer span or both.

Photo 1:South bank looking east

Photo 2: Looking north

Photo 3: Plaque

Photo 4: Looking north

Photo 5:Bridge has been redecked recently. Vines have been cut that had been growing inside the frame

Photo 6: Looking south

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.