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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
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1955 reusing existing truss (possibly ca. 1908) at crossing; Closed to traffic December 2018 after failing inspection
- Callihan & Wallmar (1955 reconstruction)
- Carl Partin
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 

  • April 23, 2021: Updated by David Backlin: Updated to Lost/Replaced
  • 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.