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RI - Raytown Road Overpass


West portal

Photo taken by Clark Vance in August 2012


BH Photo #238302



In a move that surprised some, the city of Raytown cut through the rail grade to the south and bypassed this bridge despite the fact that the rail line was inactive rather than abandoned. It had been a traffic hazard for years and needed to be rebuilt or bypassed. The city is hoping the rail line will be abandoned and they will not have to build a replacement bridge.


Abandoned beam bridge over Raytown Road on CRI&P RR
Raytown, Jackson County, Missouri
Abandoned, partially filled
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
Steel stringer
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.01654, -94.46650   (decimal degrees)
39°00'60" N, 94°27'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/373040/4319634 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 49 N., R. 32 W., Sec. 32
940 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 53056 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 21, 2020: New photos from Clark Vance
  • August 27, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Updated to not lost
  • August 26, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad", "railroad"
  • August 1, 2012: Added by Clark Vance

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RI - Raytown Road Overpass
Posted February 23, 2021, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

i went by a couple of months ago and they are clearing growth and taking up the rails for the new trail. The underpass was still there although still partially filled on the east.

RI - Raytown Road Overpass
Posted February 23, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It looks like this one may have been demolished or at least filled in on the newest Google Earth imagery from May 2020..although I can still clearly make out the east portal.

Raytown Road Rock Island bridge
Posted August 27, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

A quick visit locates the old bridge. Great information, Kelly!

Raytown Road Rock Island bridge
Posted August 26, 2012, by Kelly McClanahan (KMCCLA [at] aol [dot] com)

Actually, the old bridge is still there, it is just hard to see due to the over growth in the area. Granted, line was cut, but about a hundred yards south of the old bridge. If the line is ever reopened (which is doubtful) the City of Raytown would have to put in a bridge, which would require the line being raised about a mile in either direction.