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Shawnee Ford Bridge


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Through truss bridge over Bourbeuse River on Shawnee Ford Road beyond the end of Route AN
Franklin County, Missouri
Open to one-lane traffic with a 19 ton weight limit
Future prospects
Scheduled for replacement 2019
Built ca. 1920; rehabilitated 1990
Pin-connected, 10-panel Camelback Pratt through truss with chip and seal coated timber deck
Length of largest span: 189.9 ft.
Total length: 276.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.26815, -91.33248   (decimal degrees)
38°16'05" N, 91°19'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/645873/4236882 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 41 N., R. 4 W., Sec. 26
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 22648 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21507 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 33 (out of 100)
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10-panel truss (157)
Built during 1920s (9,956)
Camelback truss (375)
Doomed (1,090)
Franklin County, Missouri (82)
Missouri (6,315)
One-lane traffic (7,613)
Open (39,976)
Owned by county (20,848)
Pin-connected (3,920)
Span length 175-250 feet (1,992)
Through truss (15,177)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,256)
Truss (32,957)
Wooden deck (6,073)

Update Log 

  • March 14, 2013: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Wooden deck"
  • March 12, 2013: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge is doomed
  • May 24, 2005: Posted new photos


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com


Shawnee Ford Bridge
Posted September 16, 2019, by Heather Wright (heathermichele4 [at] hotmail [dot] com)
Shawnee Ford Bridge
Posted August 4, 2019, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Bridge was likely built in 1961 using trusses taken from a 1920's bridge over Big River in St. Francois County

Shawnee Ford Bridge
Posted March 14, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Replaced? With inspection ratings of "good" and "fair"?? *sigh*

There probably are bridges that need to be replaced. And there are situations where an old bridge is unsuitable for current and future traffice needs. This bridge seems to be neither. I am not a bridge inspector, nor did I have the time to look carefully - but from what I could see on my brief visit the bridge is in good shape.

The biggest problem I saw was the challenge of seeing if there is oncoming traffic. A few hundred tons of fill on each end could solve that problem and $1,500,000 could be used on a bridge that is unsafe. *grrrr*

Shawnee Ford Bridge
Posted March 12, 2013, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This bridge's days are numbered. A replacement is on the way.