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Atherton-Sibley Road Bridge


Atherton Sibley Rd Bridge

Photo taken by: (unknown), shared by Neil Krout

BH Photo #416747


Bridge was removed sometime between 1996-2002.

This was originally called Ferry Road a century ago.


Lost pony truss bridge over BNSF Railway on E. Atherton Sibley Road
Jackson County, Missouri
Removed but not replaced
Built ca. 1925; removed between 1996-2000
Steel, five panel, rigid connected Pratt pony truss, timber pile bent abutments, wingwalls, and piers, with steel pile bent piers at the truss.
Length of largest span: 53.2 ft.
Total length: 120.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Also called
Ferry Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.19205, -94.20435   (decimal degrees)
39°11'31" N, 94°12'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/395993/4338779 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 51 N., R. 30 W., Sec. 34
725 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 72566 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (17,185)
Built during 1920s (10,350)
Jackson County, Missouri (299)
Lost (30,594)
Missouri (6,577)
Pony truss (17,338)
Pratt pony truss (4,056)
Pratt truss (10,652)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,577)
Timber stringer (4,416)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,538)
Truss (37,276)

Update Log 

  • January 21, 2018: Added by Neil Krout
  • June 22, 2016: Added location and NBI data from 1996
  • June 22, 2016: Added by Kelly McClanahan


  • Kelly McClanahan
  • Neil Krout - kickinpony [dot] 66 [at] gmail [dot] com


Atherton-Sibley Road Bridge
Posted July 14, 2022, by alicia (missy7902 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

my aunt used to live just to the west of this bridge. my cousins and i spent many many hours running back and forth across this bridge waiting for the next train to roll through as we stood just feet above it feeling the wind and power being generated by the speed of the train. the old one lane bride looked as if it could collapse at any moment, but was actually a pretty sturdy bridge. saw a couple pretty wild crashes on this bridge that didn't end well for the vehicles involved. the weird "z" angle approach to the bridge required some particular maneuvers to get squarely on the bridge. high speed approaches by sometimes perhaps under the influence operators didn't end successfully. one truck launched through the steel railings before squaring up on the bridge and landed with a booming force on the tracks below causing significant damage to the bridge and of course the truck. the bridge was shut down not too long after and then removed all together leaving a rather large impressive gap where the tough old bridge used to be. big berms had to be put at each side of the approach to keep cars from coming through too fast in the dark and launching themselves into the deep abyss of railroad tracks below.

Atherton-Sibley Road Bridge
Posted February 1, 2020, by Don DeHass (ddehass [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I remember this bridge. I first drove across it in 1970 in my '66 Olds Cutlass. It creaked and squeaked (the bridge, not the car) and I was glad it was no longer than it was. It seemed due to collapse at any moment. Oddly, that didn't prevent me from subsequently crossing it numerous times always wondering if I would make it to the other end. I am surprised it survived as long as it did.

Atherton-Sibley Road Bridge
Posted November 1, 2018, by Trista Roberts (robertstrista [at] yahoo [dot] com)

We called this the Z bridge because of the way the road went on either side of it and the side rails started with the roads. In the 90's my church (Six Mile Baptist) always had hay rides in the fall and we went over it. We always stopped and anyone who didn't want to ride on the trailer could get off and walk across. When I was learning to drive in 95', I missed my turn taking the back way to church. My dad said, "Don't worry, there is another way to go." I kept driving and we came up on the Z bridge. I had an 88' AMC Eagle station wagon. My dad would not let me get out of driving over it since I missed my turn. I will never forget that.