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Turner Bridge (1955)


Courtesy of the Kansas City Times

View this photo at newspapers.com

BH Photo #464999


Lost through truss bridge over Kansas River on K-32 Highway (Turner Diagonal Fwy.)
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1955; replaced 2002
Cantilevered through truss
Length of largest span: 330.0 ft.
Total length: 1,322.8 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.3 ft.
Also called
Turner Diagonal Bridge (official name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.09341, -94.71001   (decimal degrees)
39°05'36" N, 94°42'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/352117/4328534 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
KDOT 0105-B0107 (Kansas Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 18694 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 15, 2020: New photo from Luke
  • April 25, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • April 23, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson: Changed "Status"
  • February 28, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated "Overview" "Status" and "Design"

Related Bridges 


  • Luke


Kansas River K-32 Bridge
Posted November 13, 2008, by Kimberly Schettler (kimberly [dot] schettler [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was born in Kansas City, KS, but moved away when I was only 8 years old. I believe this bridge is the one I remember as the 'Humming Bridge'. From what I've gathered, it crossed the Kaw River, that it connected Kansas City, KS with Kansas City, MO., and it was on Kansas Avenue, right close to Armordale. It was always a thrill to ride over the bridge because we loved to hear the 'hum' as we crossed. I know it was necessary, but it's still sad that it's gone. It is a great memory though.

Kansas River K-32 Bridge
Posted April 25, 2008, by Max Johnson

It is sad the bridge is gone, but really, it did need to be replaced. It was always scary when I drove over it.

Every time you could hear the truss members grinding together and making loud noise.

Kansas River K-32 Bridge
Posted January 19, 2008, by Local

Hello, this is a airplane view of the bridge 2/13/02, and the bridge is destroyed.

in the picture, there are two bridges, one concrete, one truss.

the truss bridge is next to the concrete bridge, laying in the Kansas River after being blow from the piers with dynamite.

this is the (from what i know) last picture of the bridge.

Kansas River K-32 Bridge
Posted March 24, 2007, by Bill-KCKs (444 [dot] 850 [at] barnesfest [dot] com)

The thru-truss bridge has been demolished and replaced by (ugly) twin girder bridges.