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Lexington Avenue Bridge


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Steel plate-girder bridge over Chestnut Trafficway on Lexington Avenue in Kansas City
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1900-01 by the Central Electric Railroad Co.; remodeled 1907; rehabilitated 1965 and 2006
- Waddell & Hedrick of Kansas City, Missouri (Design)
- Central Electric Railway
Deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 386.1 ft.
Deck width: 42.6 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.11080, -94.54813   (decimal degrees)
39°06'39" N, 94°32'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/366150/4330213 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Land survey
T. 50 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 34
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
MoDOT S-026B33 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 25391 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21700 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 60.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 10, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Rail-to-road", "Railroad"
  • July 6, 2006: Posted new photos


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

Field visit in 2016 shows that someone crashed into the bent of this bridge and died (flowers/memorial present). It badly bent some of the bracing.

Lexington Avenue Bridge
Posted March 22, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

From the Kansas City MO Public Library site:


"The Missouri Valley Room of the [Kansas City, MO] Public Library has a 3 volume printed report, used in a court case against the Metropolitan street railway system, describing the bridge and its construction in minute detail and giving sketches, elevations and a detailed appraisal of costs. Material, men, grading, dirt removal, concrete, anchorage metal, steel, donkeys, tin cups used by the workmen and even the penwipers for the bookkeepers are included."

Lexington Avenue Bridge
Posted May 27, 2009, by Euguene Davis (eugene_davis [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is now open.