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Anderson / Rismiller Bridge

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Overview

Photo taken by James Baughn in September 2009

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Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Spencer Creek on Brush Creek Road west of Frankford
Location
Ralls County, Missouri
Status
Removed and dumped nearby
Future prospects
Available for reuse
History
Built 1911 by Stupp Brothers, Rehabilitated 2011, carelessly tossed into a nearby field in 2016
Builder
- Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri
Design
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 158.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.5 ft.
Also called
Brush Creek Rd Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.48879, -91.42522   (decimal degrees)
39°29'20" N, 91°25'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/635423/4372203 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Spencerburg
Land survey
T. 54 N., R. 5 W., Sec. 2 (Survey #3177)
Inventory numbers
MO 087-116001.9 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 16321 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22406 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2014)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 14.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
30

Update Log 

  • July 8, 2017: Updated by Elliott Johnson: Bridge has been removed and left to rot in a nearby field
  • November 27, 2015: New photo from K. Allen Ballard
  • September 3, 2014: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Update name; new deck added 2013
  • October 3, 2009: New photos from James Baughn

Sources 

  • Missouri Historic Bridge Inventory
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • K. Allen Ballard - speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Elliott Johnson - elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Anderson / Rismiller Bridge
Posted July 11, 2017, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

As a Ralls County resident I was not aware of bridge's removal. What a shame! This is a historic location and not just because of the the bridge. Nearby this bridge was the original location of Ralls' 1st mill built in 1820, St. Vrain's Mill. Historically, Ralls Commissioner's and legal counsel have the attitude that it's best to remove 'liabilities' than to preserve them. They are afraid someone will jump off of them! They really have no vision for historic preservation of any kind nor attracting industry.

The absurdness is they built an expensive UECB at another location at another county location. [It's called the million dollar bridge to nowhere] and has little traffic over it. So now, they simply remove this historic bridge, leaving only the low water crossing for the residents nearby.

The same fate befell the Historic rated Butler Ford bridge upstream in Madisonville. Fortunately the McDonald family have moved it to their property for preservation.

"You can lead a Horse to water, but, you can't make him think."

Anderson / Rismiller Bridge
Posted July 9, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This shows just how incredibly Moronic MoDOT is! Why not just close it off and install a low water crossing NEXT to it! I'm not sure if this was an attempt to remove the bridge intact and the contractor bungled it or what! Rediculous!!!

Todd Baslee Photo

Anderson / Rismiller Bridge
Posted July 8, 2017, by Elliott Johnson (elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

But not very much time. I spoke with a nearby landowner and MoDot removed it because it was "unsafe". Now it is a horrible low water crossing.

Brush Creek Road Bridge
Posted August 18, 2011, by Ben Tate

The deck is currently being replaced on this bridge. MODOT wanted to remove it but couldn't afford to. This should buy it some time though.