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Rulo Bridge



The Rulo Bridge is a very narrow bridge with a bend to the left on its eastern approach.

Photo taken by James McCray


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Through truss bridge over Missouri River on US 159 at Rulo
Rulo, Richardson County, Nebraska, and Holt County, Missouri
Imploded January 19, 2014
Built 1938, Replaced 2013
- Harrington & Cortelyou of Kansas City (Consulting engineers)
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri (Contractor)
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas (Contractor)
- Public Works Administration
Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 379.1 ft.
Total length: 2,155.2 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.05252, -95.42051   (decimal degrees)
40°03'09" N, 95°25'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/293534/4436393 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 92000718 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
MoDOT L-97 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 24486 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 80 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 24, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 7, 2013: Updated by David Backlin: Closed, Pending Demolition
  • January 28, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated planned demolition date.
  • August 4, 2012: New photo from James McCray
  • November 2, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • October 8, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • August 18, 2011: New photos from James Baughn
  • July 28, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • June 5, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Categories. Bridge is scheduled for replacement.
  • March 22, 2008: New photos from James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Missouri Historic Bridge Inventory
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Geoff Hubbs


Rulo Bridge
Posted September 4, 2013, by Lyon Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The replacement for the US-159 Rulo bridge is now open to traffic.


Rulo Bridge
Posted June 28, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The first time I drove over this bridge, the knee bracings were still intact. There were signs specifically warning trucks about the lower height restriction on the sides of the bridge. This would have been around the year 2000, probably.

Rulo Bridge
Posted August 5, 2012, by Jim Lueken (lueken [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

Interesting modification noted in photos. Portal bracing on all spans were modified by removing 45 degree gusseting back to truss. No doubt to gain additional clearance for trucks. Also demonstrates how these old structures were over-built, that even after hacking out members the bridge maintains integrity....not so with modern replacement spans. Will this span be kept after new bridge opens..?..perhaps as a pedestrian bridge? Hope so...

Rulo Bridge
Posted October 4, 2011, by James Simmons (james [at] simmons [dot] net)

Its a shame that they're demolishing it, but from a practical pov, it really did need replaced. 20 feet is just to narrow for today's transportation. It'd have been great if they'd kept the bridge though.

Rulo Bridge
Posted July 29, 2011, by Gary Sprandel (jaidite [at] aol [dot] com)

Rulo bridge made an appearance on Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers a season or two ago as Sean Casey in TIV II (Tornado Intercept Vehicle) followed shortly by Reed Timmer in the Dominator (Reed's TIV or as Casey calls it The Duplicator)had to get into Missouri to make a storm intercept.

IIRC the bridge also appears in the movie Paper Moon.

Rulo Bridge
Posted July 28, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Nebraska appears to be the lead agency for this project, so the failure is theirs that this historic bridge is not being preserved for pedestrian use next to the replacement structure which is so ugly I needed a...

Rulo Bridge
Posted July 28, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As one can see in the photos a new replacement bridge is being built to eventually replace the existing Rulo Bridge. It is sad knowing that the Rulo Bridge will be demolished. Anyone with a whole lot of money is welcome to save this bridge.

Rulo Bridge
Posted March 25, 2008, by David B. Haun (dbhaun [at] gmail [dot] com)

Add Category to Rulo, Nebraska to Rulo Bridge