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Fishing River 3rd Street Bridge


West side

Photo taken by Clark Vance in November 2013


BH Photo #269506


Street View 


Acquired from Jackson County, MO from its original location over Indian Creek at 103rd and State Line.


Pony truss bridge over Fishing River on 3rd Street
Clay County, Missouri
Intact but closed to all traffic
Relocated here 1969
Parker pony truss
Length of largest span: 89.8 ft.
Total length: 120.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.31363, -94.29545   (decimal degrees)
39°18'49" N, 94°17'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/388319/4352381 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 52 N., R. 30 W., Sec. 17
750 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MO 024-293000.1 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 21166 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21289 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 14, 2020: New photos from Clark Vance
  • December 27, 2016: New Street View added by Clark Vance
  • October 25, 2015: New photos from Neil Krout
  • November 3, 2013: New photos from Clark Vance
  • April 1, 2012: New Street View added by Clark Vance

Related Bridges 

  • Little Blue Bridge (Same design) - One of many similar pony trusses built for Jackson County in the early '30s.


  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Neil Krout - kickinpony [dot] 66 [at] gmail [dot] com


Fishing River 3rd Street Bridge
Posted May 14, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This bridge is closed although I didn't see any gross problems other than some plates covering deck deterioration on the north end. A local I met expressed concern that the city was not spending money on bridge repairs (two closed bridges).

I'm concerned that they may decide to scrap this last extant example of a type once common in and unique to Jackson County. If it can no longer be used in place it should go back to Jackson County as a piece of history from the time when Jackson County had one of the best county highway systems in the country.

I added a lot of detail pictures in case this one disappears.

Fishing River 3rd Street Bridge
Posted September 9, 2019, by Scott Hale (mscotthale [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been closed to all traffic. Came upon it 09/08/2019.

Fishing River 3rd Street Bridge
Posted October 29, 2014, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)
Fishing River 3rd Street Bridge
Posted October 29, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Very interesting bridge with the curved design at the ends of the trusses. Seems to me there was another bridge similar to this (painted red maybe???) but I can't recall where it is. I thought it was also in Missouri.