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US 71 Blue River Bridge


Courtesy of the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Associated Press


View this photo at newspapers.com

BH Photo #481186


The original bridge that carried two lanes of US 71 across the Blue River. A second bridge was added to the west when US 71 became three lanes (alternating center passing lane) from here south until the 1960s when it went a full four lanes on a new alignment. Closed every few years when the Blue flooded. This bridge and it's southbound partner carried US 71 until it was realigned to the east. Removed ca 1992 and replaced with a wider bridge carrying all lanes of Old 71 now named Hickman Mills Drive.

Photo 1 appears to be a view looking SE at the north portal of the original (northbound) bridge with the black railroad bridge partly visible to the left.


Lost Through truss bridge over Blue River on US 71
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1925 to carry US 71 over the Blue River. Removed when US 71 was rerouted.
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 129.9 ft.
Total length: 228.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
US 71 Northbound Blue River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.97285, -94.54722   (decimal degrees)
38°58'22" N, 94°32'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/365968/4314902 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 48 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 22
750 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 69231 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 11, 2020: New photo from Luke
  • September 17, 2015: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "7-panel truss"
  • September 16, 2015: Added by Clark Vance


  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Luke