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Glasgow Bridge


Overview from west bank

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Lost five-span through truss bridge over the Missouri River on MO 240 at Glasgow
Glasgow, Howard County, Missouri, and Saline County, Missouri
Superstructure replaced
Built 1925; rehabilitated 1986; closed to traffic on August 4, 2008, for replacement of the superstructure; new bridge opened Sept. 2009
- F.W. Adgate of Chicago, Illinois
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio
- Union Bridge & Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
From west to east:
Three 6-panel Pratt deck trusses
Two 10-panel Pennsylvania through trusses
Two 14-panel Pennsylvania through trusses
One 10-panel Pennsylvania through truss
Three 6-panel Pratt deck trusses
Length of largest span: 343.7 ft.
Total length: 2,243.5 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 20.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.22255, -92.85105   (decimal degrees)
39°13'21" N, 92°51'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/512857/4341484 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 51 N., R. 18 W., Sec. 3
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
MoDOT G-693 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 4814 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21655 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 84.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 23, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • April 3, 2010: New photos from James Baughn
  • October 5, 2009: New photos from James Baughn
  • September 15, 2009: New photos from Eric Kinkhorst
  • November 3, 2008: Updated by David B. Haun: Updated number spans imploded
  • September 9, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey: 2 spans have been imploded 9/8/08
  • August 12, 2008: Bridge replacement underway
  • May 12, 2008: New photo from David B. Haun
  • April 30, 2008: New photos from David B. Haun
  • August 6, 2005: Posted new photos



Glasgow Bridge
Posted January 20, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

According to the attached document from MoDOT, there was a proposal to salvage a deck truss span and the portals from this bridge. I have no idea if this proposal was seen through to completion.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 2,435,994 bytes)

Glasgow Bridge
Posted October 29, 2009, by Todd aka "bridgebuilder" (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Yes, very mundane. I thought the weathered steel would compliment the remaining trusses of the railway bridge. I thought VERY WRONG! The new Glasgow bridge is God-awful UGLY! Just think deep, it will have a twin in Miami, Mo. next year.

Glasgow Bridge
Posted September 26, 2009, by Todd aka. "bridgebuilder" (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Would like to see pics of the new stringer deck. I hope the old bridge's piers can stand up to the new bridge. I know by reading latest websites, the Miami truss closes for good next month!

Glasgow Bridge
Posted September 26, 2009, by Eric Kinkhorst (e [dot] kinkhorst [at] centurytel [dot] net)

The new bridge is now open.

Glasgow Bridge
Posted May 13, 2009, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Even though Missouri is putting up a beam style replacement or the steel version of an UCEB.... I look at the new construction photos and find the bridge actually doesn't look that ugly. The trestle like approach peirs look neat with the steel beams. The steel, if it is left dark colored, kind of compliments the adjacent railroad structure. Sure, I am sad to see the trusses go, but times are challenging. Practicality has to overide "aesthetics".

Glasgow Bridge
Posted May 8, 2009, by Eric Kinkhorst (e [dot] kinkhorst [at] centurytel [dot] net)

Here are some updated photos.

Glasgow Bridge
Posted April 30, 2009, by Anonymous

Seth, are you going to put up the extra millions to build cable stay or some other better looking structure?

Glasgow Bridge
Posted September 26, 2008, by Eric (e [dot] kinkhorst [at] centurytel [dot] net)

Here are some photos taken 9/26/08.

Glasgow Bridge Implosion Video
Posted September 10, 2008, by Kim Harvey

MoDOT posted the first implosion videos on Youtube:


Glasgow Bridge
Posted July 31, 2008, by Scooby (cvaughan85 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The need to replace the bridge is apparent from looking, but..just how structurally sound are the piers and how well will they support the weight of the new construction?

Glasgow Bridge
Posted June 10, 2008, by Seth (seth [dot] taylor [at] uconn [dot] edu)

If anybody who is part of the committee involved in replacing this bridge reads this, PLEEEEEASE!!! Whatever you do, don't just replace it with a concrete bridge. I hate concrete bridges. Make it interesting in some fashion such as a cable-stayed or suspension bridge. Aesthetics are important too!!!

Glasgow Bridge
Posted April 11, 2008, by David B. Haun (dbhaun [at] gmail [dot] com)

Glasgow Missouri is the name of the town on the east side of the river.

Glasgow Bridge
Posted April 11, 2008, by Lugnuts (lugnuts969 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Charlie, I'm not really sure but I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that is might be from the name of the town on the east end of the bridge - Glasgow, Missouri.

Glasgow Bridge
Posted April 11, 2008, by Charlie (scotrail [at] msn [dot] com)

Where did the name come from? Is there a Scottish connection here?

Glasgow Bridge
Posted August 31, 2007, by Gary

This bridge will be destroyed and replaced in 2008. The superstructure will be removed and a new roadway will sit on top of the existing piers.

Glasgow Bridge
Posted July 10, 2007, by Miss Remick Bloss (madirea1 [at] netscape [dot] com)

WOW!!! These are a couple of scarrry-looking bridges! Kinda reminds me of a picture of the old Vicksburg, Ms bridge that I saw many years ago in Trains magazine. I am actually from Chillicothe, Mo, quite a bit north of these bridges, and we do not have any bridge as scary as thes two beasts. Although, this does give me an idea for my next river scene on a model railroad. How about a highway bridge in between two monstrously long black railroad bridges! I love this website, and it is now one of my favorites. It will help with my bridge construction for my railroad. Thank you for posting these pictures. Just a quick question: does anyone know why the state of Nebraska is not included in the gallery of Missouri bridges?