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Harry S. Truman Bridge


Union Pacific 4433 pauses to pick up paperwork from the bridge operator.

Photo taken by Greg Murray in June 2002


BH Photo #148282



The following information provided by the American Bridge Company:

American Bridge constructed a 23-span, 2,577' (785m) single-track railroad bridge for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Line) and Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (Rock Island Line) and connected to the Kansas City Terminal Railway. The bridge includes 19 girder spans of approximately 75' each, three fixed spans of 250' each and a 417' (127m) vertical lift channel span. Total weight of steel was 4,568 tons. Construction began on August 12, 1944 and completed May 29, 1945. The bridge was named for Harry S. Truman, a Kansas City native who had just become President of the United States when construction began. Erection was by locomotive crane, travelers and guy derricks, and 120,000 man-hours of effort were consumed.


Through truss bridge over Missouri River on Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroadand Union Pacific Railroad
Jackson County, Missouri, and Clay County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Opened July 1, 1945
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW; CMStP&P; CMStP)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Subdivided Warren through truss spans with polygonal subdivided Warren lift span
Length of largest span: 427.0 ft.
Total length: 2,577.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.14472, -94.48472   (decimal degrees)
39°08'41" N, 94°29'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/371694/4333886 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 37426 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 7, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Add info from American Bridge
  • November 14, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Noted truss types
  • December 5, 2010: New photo from Mark Frazier
  • October 28, 2009: Updated by Greg Murrya: Corrected current owners
  • September 14, 2008: Added by James Baughn


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Harry S. Truman Bridge
Posted November 14, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

We all agree with you - why don't you take some pics and post them?

Harry S. Truman Bridge
Posted November 14, 2009, by Remick Bloss (madirea [at] cox [dot] net)

More pictures need to be posted of this structure!!!All sides, spans, and approaches.