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Lake Taneycomo Bridge


Side view

Photo taken June 2005 by David Backlin

BH Photo #107587


Street View 


Mark W. Shannon


Five-span open-spandrel arch bridge over Lake Taneycomo (White River) on MO 76/Business US 65 at Branson
Taney County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1931 by Fred Luttjohann, replacing an earlier truss bridge; Refurbished 2011
- Fred Luttjohann of Topeka, Kansas
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 194.8 ft.
Total length: 1,086.7 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.63564, -93.21463   (decimal degrees)
36°38'08" N, 93°12'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/480811/4054475 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 22 N., R. 21 W., Sec. 4
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
MoDOT J-705 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 5492 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22733 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 36.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 10, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • May 24, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • September 9, 2016: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • June 20, 2016: New video from Mark Shannon
  • October 14, 2013: New photo from Kelly McClanahan
  • July 6, 2013: New photo from M. D. Caillet
  • November 20, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Updated status to Open
  • December 7, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Closed for refurbishment
  • November 16, 2009: Updated by David Backlin: Scheduled for renovation 2011
  • July 6, 2005: Posted photos from David Backlin



Lake Taneycomo Bridge
Posted October 24, 2020, by Clarence Nelson (nelsond [at] ameritech [dot] net)

I haven't been on this site in years. It was a work time deviation. I recently visited Branson, MO and when I saw the Lake Taneycomo I instantly thought of the open spandrel bridges built by Conde McCullough in Oregon. As I tried to explain this to my wife, it was then that I knew that I was a bridge nerd and needed to get back to this site after an almost 7 year absence.

Lake Taneycomo Bridge
Posted October 24, 2020, by Clarence Nelson (nelsond [at] ameritech [dot] net)

I just drove this bridge from about a week. There is an RV camp off to the west of the north side of the bridge. Lots of traffic and a busy traffic circle on the south side of the bridge.

Lake Taneycomo Bridge
Posted September 27, 2013, by Kelly McClanahan

This web site can be fun, and very helpful. I have a 1958 MHD (MoDot) map, and by using this web site I was able to identify the bridge on the cover of the map as the Lake Taneycomo Bridge. If I ever get a chance, I will scan it, and add it to the site. It looks vastly different back in 1950's when the picture was taken.

Lake Taneycomo Bridge
Posted April 13, 2012, by Robbie Miller (robbiecmlr [at] aol [dot] com)

Happy to see the Bridge has been restored

My father was the carpenter/? in charge of building the wooden forms for the steel-concrete

His name was Roy SELF, do you know of any information or photos from the construction in the 30's

He also worked on all the same type bridges in Ar. during the late 1920's and 30's

Thanks for this sight, I love it


Lake Taneycomo Bridge
Posted November 16, 2011, by Anonymous

Rehabilitation is complete and re-opened to traffic Nov. 16, 2011. Traffic lanes are slightly larger at the expense of one fewer sidewalk.

Lake Taneycomo Bridge
Posted December 7, 2010, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

This bridge is currently closed for 1 year for rehabilitation

Lake Taneycomo Bridge
Posted September 23, 2010, by kilroy

The original construction cost was $160,000 per MoDOT records.

Lake Taneycomo Bridge
Posted July 4, 2010, by Ted Bookout (thbookout [at] msn [dot] com)

It would be interesting to know the total cost of this bridge, since it was built during the depression days when labor and materials would have been much less costly.Interesting to me, as I was born the year this bridge was built and remember it being called "the new bridge". The "old bridge",a one lane iron bridge downstream (north)was washed away in the flood of 1948.

Lake Taneycomo Bridge
Posted December 16, 2009, by Mayor Raeanne Presley (info [at] bransonmayor [dot] com)

Groundbreaking set for Thursday, Dec. 17th, 2009. Second bridge to be built just north of this existing arch bridge. When completed the Lake Taneycomo Bridge will be re decked and rehabilitated. 2 year project in total. Federal stimulus dollars are covering a portion of the cost. Very pleased the original bridge will be saved from demolition.

Lake Taneycomo Bridge
Posted November 16, 2009, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

This bridge is schedule for renovation in 2011. Plans call for "redecking" bridge, specifically: replacing the top portion with one five-foot walkway and a 24 foot driving surface

Lake Taneycomo Bridge
Posted February 20, 2009, by john4kc

One of my favorites for sure! This photo taken in August 2007.


Lake Taneycomo Bridge
Posted September 10, 2007, by KB in Arkansas (kb [at] aol [dot] com)


Lake Taneycomo Bridge
Posted September 8, 2007, by JO AKA bridge freak

I think this is a wonderful example of an open spandrel bridge! We have one just like it in minneapolis[10th ave bridge] right next to 35w. It was given a rating of 7!!! Thanx for the pic!!!

Lake Taneycomo Bridge
Posted August 22, 2007, by roger (rl [dot] 1 [at] mail [dot] com)


FEDERAL (RATES IT AS 3) This means it real poor in safty