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US61 Lemay Ferry Bridge

Photos 

North approach

Photo taken by James Baughn

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BH Photo #107228

Map 

Description 

This aging bridge had to be replaced because it could not handle the traffic that used it on a daily basis. It had a low vertical clearance of 13 feet 8 inches, and the overhead bracing was damaged.

Facts 

Overview
Lost two-span through truss bridge over the Meramec River on U. S. Highway 61 / 67 north of Arnold in Oakville
Location
Arnold, St. Louis County, Missouri, and Jefferson County, Missouri
Status
Replaced by UCEB
History
Built in 1933; replaced by UCEB in 2004
Builder
- Samuel Kraus Co. (Contractor)
Design
Pair of riveted, skewed 9-panel Parker through trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 211.2 ft.
Total length: 844.9 ft.
Deck width: 42.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.8 ft.
Also called
US61 Meramec River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.45681, -90.36098   (decimal degrees)
38°27'25" N, 90°21'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/730272/4259800 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oakville
Land survey
T. 43 N., R. 6 E., Sec. 16
Elevation
423 ft. above sea level
Inventory numers
MoDOT K-205 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 5714 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22641 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 18, 2011: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Corrected vertical clearance on bridge to 13'-8", added short description

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Comments 

Lemay Ferry Bridge
Posted January 24, 2010, by John O (bigtex144 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Note on pictures 2 and 3 the bent beams from a truck that was a little too tall and somehow made it nearly to the end of the bridge! I always remember as a kid going across and seeing the all the funny colors on the beams from missing paint/corrosion, the crumbling pavement, and those bent beams at the top and thinking we were going to fall. Good times :)

Lemay Ferry Bridge
Posted January 24, 2010, by John O (bigtex144 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Note on pictures 2 and 3 the bent beams from a truck that was a little too tall and somehow made it nearly to the end of the bridge! I always remember as a kid going across and seeing the all the funny colors on the beams from missing paint/corrosion, the crumbling pavement, and those bent beams at the top and thinking we were going to fall. Good times :)

Lemay Ferry Bridge
Posted September 12, 2009, by Sharon Spear (sweetsexysharon [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm posting a couple of images of the replacement bridge. One is from March 22, 2008 looking north from Jefferson County into St. Louis County across the flooded Meramec River. The second is a night shot looking from St. Louis County across the bridge into Jefferson County in January 2009.