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South Kingshighway Viaduct

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Photo taken by James Baughn in November 2008

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Overview
Lost deck girder bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad on South Kingshighway Boulevard (on former U.S. Highway 67), just south of Interstate 44.
Location
St. Louis, Missouri
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built in 1936 by the Missouri State Highway Department and the Works Progress Administration; demolished July 6th, 2015. Replacement bridge opened to traffic May 13th, 2017.
Builders
- Missouri Highway Department
- Works Progress Administration
Railroad
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Deck girder (main span) with concrete tee beam approaches
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 98.1 ft.
Total length: 740.2 ft.
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.61558, -90.26709   (decimal degrees)
38°36'56" N, 90°16'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/737942/4277661 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Webster Groves
Land survey
T. 45 N., R. 7 E., Sec. 30
Inventory numbers
MONBI 12880 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 37443 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2013)
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: 2.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
34,158

Update Log 

  • May 13, 2017: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Status change: Bridge has been replaced.
  • December 17, 2015: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Changed status
  • July 6, 2015: New Street View added by David Backlin
  • July 6, 2015: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Status change: Bridge is being demolished.
  • June 25, 2015: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Updated closure date - July 6th, 2015
  • March 21, 2014: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Edited future prospects; added WPA as builders
  • December 10, 2011: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Updated future prospects, bridge replacement moved back to 2013. Story aired in KMOV-TV 4.
  • August 19, 2011: New photos from Mark Dellbringge
  • July 28, 2011: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Modified overview, removed description
  • September 7, 2010: New photos from Mark Dellbringge
  • November 13, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • September 18, 2008: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Mark Dellbringge
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net

Comments 

South Kingshighway Viaduct
Posted December 27, 2014, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Bridge replacement now slated for 2015

South Kingshighway Viaduct
Posted December 6, 2011, by Kim Harvey
South Kingshighway Viaduct
Posted February 2, 2011, by Sharon Spear (sweetsexysharon [at] gmail [dot] com)

A new article about the replacement of this bridge:

http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journals/metro/news/article...

South Kingshighway Viaduct
Posted September 7, 2010, by Chalon Harper (camowolf95 [at] live [dot] com)

This is the route my dad takes from his doctor and he hates this viaduct/overpass. He says he feels the bumps all the way over it.

South Kingshighway Viaduct
Posted September 1, 2010, by Mark Dellbringge

This bridge is in terrible shape. It has a 20-ton weight limit. A lot of the rebar is visible on the curbs. Despite this, heavy vehicles like MetroBus and school buses continue to use it daily.

New bridges are initially given a rating of "9". As bridges age and deteriorate, this rating goes down. Before "The New I-64" project started, half of the bridges in the project corridor were rated a 4 or a 3; when they get to Level 2, they are closed. The Kingshighway bridge is currently at Level 3. If it is closed and not replaced soon, a vital link between the hospitals/I-44/I-64 and communities in South St. Louis will be severed.

South Kingshighway Viaduct
Posted October 2, 2009, by anonymous

Mr. Dellbringge,

The replacement viaduct is currently in the design phase. It could be [and probably will be] years before construction. North Tucker Bridge and Grand Blvd. over Mill Creek Railyard are the next structures to be replaced by the City of St. Louis. There are also repairs scheduled in the interim for the Compton Avenue Viaduct over Mill Creek Railyard.

South Kingshighway Viaduct
Posted October 2, 2009, by Mark Dellbringge

Once "The New I-64" project is complete, this bridge will be torn down and replaced.

South Kingshighway Viaduct
Posted September 26, 2008, by jz (Zoomjz [at] aol [dot] com)

I believe that this viaduct is eventually scheduled to be replaced.

South Kingshighway Viaduct
Posted September 22, 2008, by Mark Dellbringge

This bridge has a weight limit of 20 tons. Trucks approaching this bridge from the south must take a signed detour route instead.