I was wondering if anyone had names of the workers that help on building the bridge. and had pictures of the workers. My Grandpa George Blake was working on the bridge when he got sick and died. I was wondering if someone might have a picture of him.
What an interesting and historic bridge in a gorgeous area of Missouri! With a sufficiency rating of 52, the bridge is eligible for federal funding for rehablitation, but not for total replacement. If no rehabilitation is done, then eventually MODOT will close the bridge to traffic. There are no alternate routes north and south in the area. Rehabilitation is inevitable. After witnessing a bad accident of a truck running into the bridge rail end post on the south side on Memorial Day 2006, it is obvious that the end posts need some sort of impact attenuator design for safety. I hope that MoDOT goes for an aesthetic, retro-historic sort of design when they rehabilitate the bridge. The designers will need to go "outside the box" to come up with a design that will match the existing historic structure aesthetics and satisfy FHWA and MUTCD design requirements. Send your input to MoDOT's District Engineer in Willow Springs, MO.