2 votes

Big Creek Bridge


South portal and approach

Photo taken by David Smothers September 30, 2008


BH Photo #125394


Lost through truss bridge over Big Creek on CR SW 1801
Johnson County, Missouri
Replaced by a new bridge on a new alignment and needlessly demolished.
Built ca. 1910; rehabilitated 1995
10-panel Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 160.0 ft.
Total length: 200.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.61110, -94.07644   (decimal degrees)
38°36'40" N, 94°04'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/406279/4274171 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
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Land survey
T. 44 N., R. 29 W., Sec. 12
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 25057 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
MO 051-610000.4 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
BH 21779 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2008)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 52.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 30, 2014: Updated by Tony Dillon: Satellite imagery confirms demolition of this unique span.
  • October 3, 2008: New photos from David Smothers



Big Creek Bridge
Posted February 26, 2014, by Sven (ekemann [at] hotmail [dot] com)

is the replacement bridge in place and passable?

Big Creek Bridge
Posted July 31, 2012, by anonymous

Why on earth would they consider replacing this bridge. It is in good condition. At least good enough to handle the minimal traffic it receives daily.

Why not replace the low lying concrete brideges scattered around the countryside not too far from the same area. Those are dangerous bridges. Especially during heavy rain. They are mostly unseeable until you get right on top of them. If a person is unfamiliar with the area and does not know of these bridges it could be a tragedy for someone. I for one was one of these people not more than a year and a half ago that was unfamiliar to the area. I came around a corner and down hill (in the dark) and almost drove right into the rushing water. Scared the living daylights out of me. Why replace a beautiful historic bridge that is not dangerous when those concrete low-water bridges exist and are a very real danger?

Big Creek Bridge
Posted July 31, 2012, by Anonymous

from what i can see all this bridge needs is a few boards screwed down.But hey its johnson county MO.Just look at our roads like TT HIGHWAY THE GRAVEL ROADS around it are in better shape.

Big Creek Bridge
Posted September 30, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Wasteful or stimulating?

This may be the last open through truss in Johnson County. I believe it's the last major replacement planned for now in the county. I'm not completely familiar with the funding but I think it's the county doing the replacement, so MoDOT may not be to blame for anything more than the bad example it sets.

Big Creek Bridge
Posted September 30, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes... this looks like a complete waste of taxpayer dollars. The ratings are really very good and it is more than capable of carrying a handful of cars a day.

The bridge features some very unique and unusual channel and batten endposts and upper chords. I don't see anything that suggests that this one can't be rehabbed.

Of course we are talking about PennDOT's evil little brother MoDOT here... so logic is likely irrelevant.

Big Creek Bridge
Posted September 30, 2011, by David A. Shaw (scpry1 [at] )

That bridge looks like a pretty solid unit. Why not renovate it? Too logical, I guess.

Big Creek Bridge
Posted September 29, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Now that just sounds silly.

Big Creek Bridge
Posted September 29, 2011, by Gene McCluney (gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com)

Now wait, sufficiency rating of over 52%, traffic count of 20 and they want to replace it?

Big Creek Bridge
Posted September 29, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Bids for replacement will be requested by the end of 2011.