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Fenton Bridge

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Photo taken March 2006 by Jack Schmidt

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Overview
Lost four-span through truss bridge on Gravois Road (Old MO Hwy. 30) over the Meramec River between Fenton and Sunset Hills
Location
St. Louis County, Missouri
Status
Replaced by UCEB
History
Built in 1925; made obsolete by new bridge in 1968 on a new alignment of Missouri State Highway 30; closed to traffic August 2nd, 2007; demolished in March 2010. Replacement UCEB opened to traffic August 18th, 2012.
Builder
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana (Contractor)
Design
From west to east:
One riveted, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Two riveted, 10-panel Parker through trusses
One riveted, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 648.8 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.51267, -90.43097   (decimal degrees)
38°30'46" N, 90°25'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/723991/4265827 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kirkwood
Land survey
T. 44 N., R. 5 E., Sec. 35
Inventory numbers
MONBI 15656 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22628 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2006)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 1.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
11,070

Update Log 

  • August 24, 2012: New photos from Mark Dellbringge
  • August 20, 2012: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Status change: Bridge has been replaced.
  • March 18, 2011: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Updated status: Replacement bridge currently under construction
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Justin Zeid: Bridge has been demolished
  • April 30, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • March 22, 2006: Posted photos from Jack Schmidt

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Comments 

Fenton Bridge
Posted December 14, 2010, by Sharon Spear (sweetsexysharon [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Fenton Chamber of Commerce has a new logo that gives a nod to the bridge that was recently demolished.

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

It's still sad that the bridge wasn't used as a pedestrian trail bridge.

Fenton Bridge
Posted March 8, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Fenton Bridge
Posted January 30, 2010, by Sharon Spear (sweetsexysharon [at] gmail [dot] com)

Quoted from the Fenton Historical Society website:

"A ferry boat was established in 1833 for ease in crossing the Meramec River, and in the same year the first post office opened its doors. In 1854 a group of businessmen formed a corporation to construct the first bridge across the river. This covered toll bridge was used until 1885 when it was replaced by an iron bridge. During the construction of the current “old bridge” in 1925, Gravois Road was rerouted around Olde Towne and it was at this time that Fenton gradually began to expand beyond the original eight square block area."

The full article can be read at this link:

http://www.fentonhistory.com/node/9

Fenton Bridge
Posted February 23, 2009, by Susan Swope (slswope [at] msn [dot] com)

The bridge should be left in place as it is for bicylist and pedestrian use. A new bridge will do nothing to revitalize the local economy in Fenton. A new system of trails built to extend and improve upon the existing trails would be a real improvement and would be more likely to bring people into Olde Towne Fenton. Alternative transportation is real, even out here in the wilds of southwestern St. Louis County. Fenton should get with the future on this one. We do not need a new bridge. We need new trails that connect to the Old Gravois Bridge. We need to keep a safe connection for ALL road users across the Meramac River. Take a page out of Valley Park's book. Capitalize on the asset we do have. We have a wonderful historic structure that spans our river. We have trails and parks that this bridge connects. Why do we want to disconnect them? Isn't Fenton the "City of Parks" after all? Why not make the Old Gravois Bridge a part of our parks?

Fenton Bridge
Posted February 16, 2009, by Paul Seemayer (heartsaver305 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The bridge will be built. The City of Fenton has been dragging their heels, but there is a group of concerned citizens that have been fighting for the bridge and will see it is completed. The vitality of the Olde Towne Fenton area relies on this bridge.

Fenton Bridge
Posted January 21, 2009, by Ron

Just overheard a conversation in a Fenton restaurant that NO new bridge will be built. It makes absolutely no sense to NOT have that bridge.

Fenton Bridge
Posted September 17, 2008, by Zak (hotz)

I do beleve this bridge is open again.

Fenton Bridge
Posted April 30, 2008, by David Eike (eikes at sbcglobal dot net)

St. Louis County and the City of Fenton have announced plans for a new bridge at this location. It appears that this bridge's days are numbered.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscit...

Fenton Bridge
Posted January 11, 2008, by craig palmer (cap1975 [at] gmail [dot] com)

its a real pain in the *ss driving around that area with that bridge closed.

Fenton Bridge
Posted December 26, 2007, by Eric (tmpauls [at] swbell [dot] net)

The bridge is slated to be demo'd in 2008. A replacement is being discussed for a few years down the road.

Fenton Bridge
Posted August 3, 2007, by Mark Dellbringge

This bridge, with a 3-ton weight limit, has now been closed to traffic.

Fenton Bridge
Posted August 2, 2007, by rusty

Just received word this bridge is being closed as of 8-2-07.

"The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that St. Louis County has decided to close the Old Gravois Road Bridge over the Meramec River effective immediately.

More information is available at 314-615-5000."