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Cliff Drive Bridge


Driving underneath

Photo taken by James Baughn

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BH Photo #105606


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Concrete arch bridge over Chestnut Trafficway on Cliff Drive in Kansas City
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1920
- Concrete Construction Co. (Subcontractor)
- H.B. Thompson (Contractor)
Closed-spandrel arch
Span length: 77.0 ft.
Total length: 77.0 ft.
Deck width: 43.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.11254, -94.54818   (decimal degrees)
39°06'45" N, 94°32'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/366149/4330406 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Land survey
T. 50 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 34
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
MoDOT S-026B32 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 25390 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21693 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 74.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 3, 2006: Posted new photos


Cliff Drive Bridge
Posted June 15, 2016, by Don Morrison

Thanks Nathan - that makes sense.

Cliff Drive Bridge
Posted June 14, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


I am pretty sure its painting containment around the bents, they must have been repainting the bridge when James was there.

Cliff Drive Bridge
Posted June 13, 2016, by Don Morrison

I'm curious as to what is looming in the background of James' photo, since it seems absent in street view.

Cliff Drive Bridge
Posted June 13, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge and the plate girder to the south are very irritating to get to. The road this bridge goes over has no legal parking areas. And reaching the road this bridge carries and the road the plate girder carries is more difficult than it looks on the map. Many unmarked one-way roads, many closed roads, plus the fact that the roads are grade separated. I got so irritated at the situation I drove over the shallow curb on Chestnut and parked on the grass. Fortunately no cops came by!