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Millers Bridge



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Lost pony truss bridge over Cane Creek on Route PP (Old US 60) west of Poplar Bluff
Butler County, Missouri
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1924; replaced 2012
Riveted, 6-panel Warren pony truss with verticals
Length of largest span: 70.2 ft.
Total length: 211.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.79847, -90.52115   (decimal degrees)
36°47'55" N, 90°31'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/721159/4075383 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 25 N., R. 5 E., Sec. 21
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
MoDOT G-852 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 4769 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 20963 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 1, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • February 28, 2005: All new photos


Millers Bridge
Posted December 2, 2011, by David Smothers (davidsupreme [at] embarqmail [dot] com)

I called into the MODOT question and answer show on KWTO last year, and asked them why they didn't preserve more hisotric bridges, and they gave me some song and dance about taxpayers complaining about spending too much money on maintaining old bridges, which I don't believe. Just to show you how these guys' minds work, I suggested to him that in the case of pony truss bridge... that they simply cut off the side trusses and use them as the guardrail for the new bridge, preserving the historic look, and he said, "I've never thought of that". The new bridge has to have some kind guardrail, and he countered with he didn't know how you would accomplish it. I told him he ends of the truss would simply set on top of a 12 inch concrete pier, and the length of it would be bolted to the side of the new bridge. I didn't let him off the hook, and let him know my displeasure about them not restoring some of these bridges. I also mentioned to him how Indiana regularly restores their older bridges. I get the feeling they are bunch of dolts that never think outside the box, or past the idea of "Tear it down, build a new one"

Millers Bridge
Posted December 2, 2011, by Bill McGann


Why must they destroy so many historic bridges? Ugly bridges are a dime a dozen, but historic bridges can't be replaced. :(