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Lit St Francis River Bridge


Deck View Looking South

Photo taken by John Christeson in February 2010


BH Photo #155061


Concrete tee beam bridge over Lit St Francis River on Route OO
St. Francois County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1926; rehabilitated 1974
Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 47.2 ft.
Total length: 103.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.69000, -90.29667   (decimal degrees)
37°41'24" N, 90°17'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/738363/4174860 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Knob Lick
Land survey
Survey #2049 (T. 35 N., R. 7 E.)
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 5004 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 44103 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 51.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 13, 2010: Added by John Christeson


  • John Christeson - john_christeson [at] yahoo [dot] com


Lit St Francis River Bridge
Posted April 19, 2013, by Carl Belken (cbgbrb [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was located less than half a mile from my boyhood home. Years ago we owned property on both sides of this road on the opposite side of the bridge. Sometime back in the early 1940's my dad sold the property on the right to a fellow by the name of Anderson who built a filling station and store. It was sort of a motel too. They had several cabins they rented overnight. The place was named "The Beacon" It closed sometime in the early 60's.

Back in the 40"s the creek flooded so bad that it got up into the Beacon filling station. To appreciate the amount of water this would have taken you'd have to see the area in person. The beacon actually sits on sort of a bluff of the little St.Francois. I was told the water was going over the top of the bridge. It was the only time that has ever happened even with the huge rain storms we had when I was a kid.