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Columbia Avenue Bridge

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Photo taken by James Baughn in November 2008

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Overview
Stringer bridge over Union Pacific Railroad on Columbia Avenue in St. Louis
Location
St. Louis, Missouri
Status
Open to traffic with a 15-ton weight limit
History
Built 1913
Railroad
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Concrete stringer bridge with balustrades
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 32.2 ft.
Total length: 87.9 ft.
Deck width: 36.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.61080, -90.27389   (decimal degrees)
38°36'39" N, 90°16'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/737366/4277113 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Webster Groves
Inventory numbers
MONBI 12879 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 38037 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2015)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 8.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
4,060

Update Log 

  • June 9, 2011: New photos from Mark Dellbringge
  • November 13, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • November 8, 2008: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Mark Dellbringge

Comments 

Columbia Avenue Bridge
Posted November 14, 2008, by Mark Dellbringge

I believe the Columbia Avenue bridge right now has a weight limit of 13 tons. Many years ago one of the concrete piers under the bridge was damaged due to a derailment.

A bridge similar to the Columbia Avenue bridge is the lost Arsenal Street UPRR bridge. It is located about 1/4 mile south of the Columbia Avenue Bridge. It had a hump in the middle and similar balustrades. It too was built in 1913 and was replaced in 2006.