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Central Avenue Bridge


Oblique view from southwest

Photo taken by James Baughn

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BH Photo #103203

Street View 


Two-level deck truss bridge over Kansas River on Central Avenue in Kansas City
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Built 1918; rehabilitated 1983 and 2008
- Harrington, Howard & Ash of Kansas City, Kansas & New York, New York
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
- Midwest Construction Co. of Nebraska City, Nebraska
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas
- Streetcar
Pratt deck truss
Length of largest span: 249.9 ft.
Total length: 3,450.2 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 22.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.10266, -94.61520   (decimal degrees)
39°06'10" N, 94°36'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/360335/4329410 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 18689 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 56.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 20, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link
  • October 1, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson: Bridge has reopened
  • May 25, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • July 3, 2006: Posted new photos


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com


Central Avenue Bridge
Posted May 24, 2021, by patrick kissman (PATRICKKISSMAN [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

as of february 1st 2021 the bridge is closed indefinitely for structural inspection.

Central Avenue Bridge
Posted October 1, 2008, by Max Johnson

They did not do much to the bridge while it was closed. I think they only did truss repairs and slight roadway work.

They didn't even repaint it.

However, it is back open

Central Avenue Bridge
Posted July 23, 2008, by Randy Brush

Thank you for photo.Central Avenue Bridge are poor condition.

Future Prospects;Scheduled for replacement soon. Thank you.

Central Avenue Bridge
Posted May 25, 2008, by Local

The Central Avenue bridge was closed in late April of 08 for full rehabilitation.

The lower and upper deck are being completly redone.

Posted October 5, 2007, by JO (joakabridgefreak [at] yahoo [dot] com)

These are some pics of a deck pratt truss that is in a1 condition.It was built in 1948.current rating of 75.8. The original deck was replaced in 1984 to eliminate the drainage holes in the old deck.It's ID is #5718. Currently in use.It is located in sandstone,MN on hwy123 over the kettle river.

Central Avenue Bridge
Posted September 8, 2007, by JO the bridgefreak

Finaly!! thanks to whoever sent this pic!!!! I live 2 miles from a deck pratt truss[# 5718 kettle river bridge,Sandstone MN] I have been looking for a pic similar to my bridge. It is a single deck with a well formed arch and BEAUTIFUL river scenery. I plan on sending a pic asap as this is a must see!!! I walk on it and spend hrs enjoying the view!! PS it's rating is 78.6 and it is well preseved!