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23rd Street Viaduct


Looking east

The bridge crosses over parking south of the American Royal complex and joins city streets on the bluff. Branching off to the right is a new ramp.

Photo taken by Clark Vance in March 2011


BH Photo #251183

Street Views 


Concrete and steel deck girder bridge over BNSF Railway and city streets on 23rd Street
Jackson County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1919-21; rehabilitated 1960 and 1981
- A.S. Hecker (Contractor)
Concrete deck girder
Length of largest span: 97.1 ft.
Total length: 2,381.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 56.1 ft.
Also called
Kansas Avenue Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.08704, -94.60401   (decimal degrees)
39°05'13" N, 94°36'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/361272/4327660 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Land survey
T. 49 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 7
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 25423 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
MO 048-S053B21 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
BH 42783 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 59.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 11, 2013: Updated by Chris Knight: Some older articles that tells about this bridge has it called the Kansas Avenue Bridge even thought there was another one nearby.
  • March 23, 2013: New photos from Clark Vance
  • June 14, 2009: Added by James Baughn

Related Bridges 

  • Kansas Avenue Bridge (Same project) - This bridge crosses the state line and is several continuous spans with different names



23rd Street Viaduct
Posted August 21, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge has a very unusual detail at the eastern end where the truss is cantilevered out beyond the pier where it holds one end of a deck plate girder span. This is an extremely interesting bridge.