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Chouteau Avenue Viaduct


The replacement structure

The UCEB replacement bridges was not designed the same as its 1918 predecessor, which was one long continuous span. But the old bridge was dilapidated and long overdue for replacement.

Photo taken by Mark Dellbringge in September 2010


BH Photo #175989



At the east end of the bridge was a ramp that led down to Central Industrial Drive. Near the western end of this bridge was the adjoining Vandeventer Avenue Overpass, which was built in 1935. This bridge was also demolished and it provided access to I-64/US 40. The access ramp to I-64/U.S. 40 is now controlled through a signalized intersection at Vandeventer & Papin (just north of Chouteau).


Lost concrete stringer bridge on Chouteau Avenue (MO Highway 100) over Union Pacific / BNSF Railroads in St. Louis, between 39th Street and Vandeventer Ave.
St. Louis, Missouri
Replaced by two separate, shorter bridges
Built 1918; demolished 2005 and replaced by two separate, shorter bridges with earth fill and retaining wall structures in between.
Concrete stringer
Length of largest span: 38.1 ft.
Total length: 1,133.9 ft.
Deck width: 56.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.62746, -90.24371   (decimal degrees)
38°37'39" N, 90°14'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/739938/4279041 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Granite City
Land survey
T. 45 N., R. 7 E., Sec. 21
Inventory number
BH 45923 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2010: New photos from Mark Dellbringge
  • August 18, 2010: Added by Mark Dellbringge


  • Mark Dellbringge


Chouteau Avenue Viaduct
Posted February 22, 2014, by Kim Rumpsa (SpottedRump [at] juno [dot] com)

I was one of the main inspectors on the 2006 Chouteau Avenue Viaduct replacement project. This project was most memorable, with great history and stories, and I am proud to have been a part of it. I would be interested in sharing facts about the construction and challenges in 2006/2007.

Chouteau Avenue Viaduct
Posted October 13, 2010, by Mark Dellbringge


I found three pictures of the old Chouteau viaduct on this link

(Photos are copyrighted so I can't download them to put on website.)

Chouteau Avenue Viaduct
Posted August 20, 2010, by Mark Dellbringge

The link below will let you see some pictures of the remnants of the old Chouteau Avenue Viaduct and Vandeventer Avenue Overpass.