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."
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!!!
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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.
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.