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Rivaux Creek CR 4038 Bridge



Photos taken March 2007 by James Baughn

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Closed by means of two large gravel piles on either side. The east approach has a large 2' x 5' hole on the upstream side of the deck and very little steel beam support underneath. Looks like something wider than the wood tracks attempted to cross. In the summer, this span is very concealed by trees & brush.


Pony truss bridge over Rivaux Creek on CR 4038
Callaway County, Missouri
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Unknown; needs repairs at east end; hole about 2 x 5ft. This bridge is pretty remote, providing mostly farmland access around it.
Built ca. 1910
Pin-connected, 4-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 65.9 ft.
Total length: 84.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.57284, -92.06042   (decimal degrees)
38°34'22" N, 92°03'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/581847/4269794 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Osage City
Land survey
T. 44 N., R. 10 W., Sec. 21
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
MO 014-211002.6 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 19117 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21057 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2016)
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: 25 (out of 100)
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Beam (16,018)
Built during 1910s (9,736)
Callaway County, Missouri (92)
Closed (2,701)
Missouri (6,325)
One-lane traffic (7,628)
Owned by county (21,025)
Pin-connected (3,978)
Pony truss (16,386)
Pratt pony truss (3,694)
Pratt truss (9,477)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,167)
Steel stringer (6,376)
Structurally deficient (13,758)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,630)
Truss (33,360)
Wooden deck (6,101)

Update Log 

  • June 28, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Changed status to closed; future unknown.
  • April 2, 2007: Posted new photos


  • K. Allen Ballard - speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com


Rivaux Creek CR 4038 Bridge
Posted March 21, 2019, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Really Bob, don't hold back! Tell us what you really think! No need to be diplomatic here.

Rivaux Creek CR 4038 Bridge
Posted March 20, 2019, by Bob Evans

Some fucking asshole drove a truck that was too heavy across this bridge, effectively ruining it. What an asshole.

Rivaux Creek CR 4038 Bridge
Posted June 28, 2017, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited here late afternoon, June 27, 2017. Bridge is closed by large piles of gravel @ either end. Recent pictures to follow later this week.

Rivaux Creek CR 4038 Bridge
Posted March 7, 2009, by Colin Ciolli (hevvychevy67 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

i chuckle at myself when i look at this bridge. back when i was around 16-18 years old, me and a whole bunch of my friends would travel to this bridge from jefferson city to well...party, plain and simple. the allure of this bridge and location back when we were all that young was a little known urban legend called okeefanokee, of course there is nothing out there but farmland and wildlife, but the whole idea that something might be creeping in the weeds around us was too much to pass up! either way, me and 3 of my closest friends from those days that all still hang out and are regularly in contact have a framed 8x10 picture of this bridge. i love the fact that she is still standing and we have even tossed around the idea of having a plaque made for her and mounted out there, that may seem kinda wierd but we had such memorable times out there that i almost makes sense to us.