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Rhinehart Road Bridge



Photo taken July 2005 by Dan Clark

BH Photo #105635


Lost pony truss bridge over Cedar Creek on Rhinehart Road in Kansas City
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Replaced by a modern bridge
Built 1906, probably by the Midland Bridge Co.
- Interstate Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 102.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.97075, -94.40856   (decimal degrees)
38°58'15" N, 94°24'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/377977/4314474 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lees Summit
Land survey
T. 48 N., R. 32 W., Sec. 13
Inventory numbers
MONBI 25487 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21712 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 23, 2010: New photo from David Smothers
  • December 4, 2006: Posted photos from Dan Clark



Rhinehart Road Bridge
Posted October 2, 2008, by David Smothers (davidsmothers [at] msn [dot] com)

I had driven over that bridge before as well. It's sad ot see things like that go. I still don't know why nobody seems to make truss bridges anymore, if they jsut replaced the old one with another one similar (only wider) then everyone would have been happy. In Bates, county, Missouri, they don't even put guard railings on their UCEB's, and a man slid off of one, ended up upside down in the creek, and was killed. If that had happened a couple years earlier when the truss bridge was still there, he would be alive today.

Rhinehart Road Bridge
Posted November 17, 2007, by Dan (danclark1988 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Is it strange to miss an old bridge? Sure wish I could have gotten more pictures of it. I could have gotten the old plaque that was broken off the year before it was brought down, but someone beat me to it. I did manage to retrieve a little piece of the bridge. It was the only thing I could pick up out of the pile. It's hanging on a nail in my barn. Plan on engraving the bridge's name and dates on it. I brushed it off a little bit and found that before it was painted silver, it was orange. Would've liked to seen that.

Rhinehart Road Bridge
Posted July 2, 2006, by Dan Clark (danclark1988 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The new bridge is open. It's an ugly concrete slab. No character what so ever. I live a few houses away from the bridge and it makes all of us sad. With the old bridge people would stop and let the other car pass. Folks would smile and wave at each other just like the olden days. Now it's woosh, they're gone. Another link to our history destroyed. Back when the old bridge was still standing, I used to walk or ride my bike to it and stare at it, wondering what it was like back when it was being built. How many people worked on it. How long it took to put it up. How much money it cost. All the changes it saw in the decades, and boy that's a lot of changes in this area. I'm sad as heck. It was the first bridge I ever crossed in my life. I even miss hearing the sound of traffic driving over it. The boards on the deck made a certain noise that can't be replicated by a concrete slab! They tore it down by knocking it over with a back hoe. It was a very dishonorable way to take it down. I wish I could've gotten a big piece of it, like one of the iron posts that would meet the traffic before starting the side railing.

Rhinehart Road Bridge
Posted April 3, 2006, by Laura (marblepothos [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been torn down and rebuilt. It is soon to reopen.