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Medicine Creek Route PP Bridge


Northeast Rail

Photo taken by Neil Krout in September 2018


BH Photo #434565


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Pony truss bridge over East Fork Medicine Creek on Route PP
Sullivan County, Missouri
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Scheduled for replacement
Built 1955 reusing existing truss (possibly ca. 1908) at crossing; Closed to traffic December 2018 after failing inspection
- Callihan & Wallmar, and Carl Partin (1955 reconstruction)
Riveted, 7-panel Parker pony truss
Length of largest span: 127.9 ft.
Total length: 254.8 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.19751, -93.34171   (decimal degrees)
40°11'51" N, 93°20'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/470915/4449735 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 62 N., R. 22 W., Sec. 2
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MoDOT P-956 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 7999 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22720 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 79 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 25, 2020: New photo from Neil Krout
  • February 4, 2019: Updated by David Backlin: Closed
  • September 15, 2018: New photos from Neil Krout



Medicine Creek Route PP Bridge
Posted March 26, 2020, by Karen Daniels

The contract for the replacement was awarded in February: https://www.modot.org/sullivan-county-route-pp-east-medicine...

Medicine Creek Route PP Bridge
Posted March 25, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Has this already been torn down, or is it still standing but closed? It's marked as lost.

Medicine Creek Route PP Bridge
Posted February 14, 2020, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

MODOT has let bids for replacement of this bridge sometime in 2020

Medicine Creek Route PP Bridge
Posted January 23, 2007, by Gene VanDusseldorp (grvan [at] netzero [dot] net)

Photos of the bridge.

Medicine Creek Route PP Bridge
Posted January 5, 2007, by Gene VanDusseldorp (grvan [at] netzero [dot] net)

This is one interesting bridge. It was always posted one lane traffic since at least the mid-1960s. If I remember correctly, it had a wooden deck as late as about 1970. It makes for one tough stretch of highway: going westbound, it is just a handful of yards after crossing the bridge before crossing the railroad track, then another short hop to MO 139 at Osgood. I spent my childhood about 7 miles northeast of that bridge, which we used frequently at the time as a shortcut to Trenton. I'll see about getting photos of this bridge in the near future.