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Devils Elbow Bridge

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Overview from north

Photo taken by James Baughn

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Two-span through truss bridge over Big Piney River at Devils Elbow on Teardrop Road (Old US 66)
Location
Pulaski County, Missouri
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1923; made obsolete by new US 66 bridge in 1942; rehabilitated 2013-14
Builder
- Riley & Bailey (Contractor)
Design
From west to east:
One riveted Warren pony truss
Two riveted, 8-panel Parker through trusses
Four concrete deck girder spans with a curved alignment
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 161.0 ft.
Total length: 588.8 ft.
Deck width: 19.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.84862, -92.06241   (decimal degrees)
37°50'55" N, 92°03'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/582487/4189433 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Devils Elbow
Land survey
T. 36 N., R. 10 W., Sec. 18
Inventory numbers
MONBI 18976 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22368 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 22, 2014: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has been reopened
  • February 27, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • January 30, 2012: New photo from Larry Dooley
  • August 19, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • April 30, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • April 16, 2010: New photo from Eric Kinkhorst
  • December 13, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • January 25, 2005: Posted new photos

Sources 

  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com
  • Missouri Historic Bridge Inventory
  • Eric Kinkhorst - erick [dot] bud [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Larry Dooley
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com

Comments 

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY AT THE HISTORIC ROUTE 66 BRIDGE OVER BIG PINEY RIVER IN DEVIL’S ELBOW
Posted October 15, 2013, by Laura Huffman (laurah [at] pulaskicountyusa [dot] com)

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY AT THE HISTORIC ROUTE 66 BRIDGE OVER BIG PINEY RIVER IN DEVIL’S ELBOW

After many years of planning and searching for funds, the Pulaski County Commission has entered into a contract with a contracting firm to renovate this 90 year old structure for the future use by of area residents and numerous Route 66 visitors from various foreign countries.

Participating funding agencies are Federal Highway Administration, Missouri Department of Transportation, National Park Service, Department of Housing and Urban Development, United States Department of Agriculture and Pulaski County Commission.

On Thursday, October 24 at 11:30 AM, the Pulaski County Commission will conduct an official groundbreaking ceremony to signal the start of construction activity which is expected to take about 10 months to complete.

You are invited to attend this historic event and meet some of the participants that have worked together to renovate the only curved bridge still in use by vehicles traveling on Historic Route 66.

Gary J. Bockman, PE, PLS

2826 S. Ingram Mill Rd.

Springfield, MO 65804

Phone: (417) 886-7171

Fax: (417) 886-7591

Cell: (417) 860-9263

gbockman@greatriv.com

Devils Elbow Bridge
Posted July 3, 2012, by Anonymous
Devils Elbow Bridge
Posted July 3, 2012, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)
Devils Elbow Bridge
Posted August 23, 2009, by Justin McKinley (mckinleyjustin [at] gmail [dot] com)

By Matthew Kent

Waynesville Daily Guide

Fri Aug 21, 2009, 02:41 PM CDT

WAYNESVILLE — Pulaski County Commissioners learned Thursday that the county won't be receiving grant funding for the Devils Elbow Bridge.

Jack Kearbey, area specialist with the USDA Rural Development, informed the commission it didn't make the cut. Grant funding would have paid for engineering fees toward the bridge, according to Eastern District Commissioner Bill Farnham. Farnham said the next period for re-applying for the grant would be in October and said it was “disheartening” that no grant funding was received.

The bridge, which has been listed in poor condition by the Missouri Department of Transportation for at least two consecutive years, has been looked at by the County Commission, but a cost of $1.6 million has been cited to correct the deficiencies at the aging bridge. It was built in 1923 and was declared obsolete in 1942 when a new one was built.

In April, the Commission approved a contract with Springfield-based Great River Engineering for pre-engineering work on the bridge for $99,938. That was 75 percent covered through a grant with the USDA, while the other 25 percent was covered by the Off-System Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation (BRO) program, which provides funding for counties through MoDOT for the replacement and rehabilitation of deficient bridges.

Devils Elbow Bridge
Posted July 3, 2009, by snoop (snoopdorkydork [at] rocketmail [dot] com)

It is still open. I drive across it once a week or more and have floated under it twice this past week.

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Devils Elbow Bridge
Posted February 1, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

It should be still open. It is a tourist attraction on old Route 66. Why? Have you heard differently?

Devils Elbow Bridge
Posted January 29, 2009, by Don

Does anybody know if this bridge is still open?

Devils Elbow Bridge
Posted August 6, 2007, by Conor Watkins (cwatkin [at] umr [dot] edu)

This bridge is located in an extremely beautiful location yet poor maintenance has let it deteriorate to a point where I don't know if they will end up having to tear this down. I wouldn't be surprised if this one ends up collapsing someday as a truck drives across. You really start to wonder about the the structural integrity if you go underneath and look around. See http://www.rollanet.org/~conorw/cwome/article51&52combined.htm for more information on the condition of this bridge.

Devils Elbow Bridge
Posted January 23, 2007, by Teri Underhill (pleebie [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This Photograph was taken in 1931

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