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RI - East Lost Creek Bridge


East Lost Creek and former KATY Bridge

South side of bridge

Photo taken by Kelly McClanahan in April 2016


BH Photo #351604


This DPG crosses a creek and a Katy line shown in the 1954 topo quad.


Deck plate girder bridge over East Lost Creek and old Katy RoW on Rock Island Trail
Johnson County, Missouri
Open to trail traffic.
Future prospects
Bridge converted for rail trail use.
Built 1904
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT)
2 50' DPG,
1 70' TPG
Length of largest span: 70.0 ft.
Total length: 170.0 ft.
Also called
RI/MKT Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.67878, -94.08166   (decimal degrees)
38°40'44" N, 94°04'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/405914/4281686 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
Inventory numbers
CRI&P 2496
BH 57324 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 18, 2016: Updated by Kelly McClanahan: Updated info
  • October 15, 2016: New photos from Kelly McClanahan
  • June 20, 2016: New photos from Clark Vance
  • April 15, 2016: New photos from Kelly McClanahan
  • April 13, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added info
  • January 7, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Also crosses old Katy line
  • July 23, 2013: Added by Clark Vance


  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Kelly McClanahan


RI - East Lost Creek Bridge
Posted October 18, 2016, by Kelly McClanahan

Went back on my road trip, and visited the bridge again. Much on the trail has changed in the past six months, including now a paved deck on the bridge. On this side was gravel, however on the east side , all the way to Route T, nothing yet (perhaps they poured it from this side). There are also railings (which are stacked on the west side of the bridge) which will soon be going up. A lot has been done, and there is still a lot to be done in the next coming weeks. No idea if and when I will get out again, but I did get a lot of pictures, just as the leaves are beginning to turn (then again, being color blind, I cannot really tell).

RI - East Lost Creek Bridge
Posted April 17, 2016, by Kelly McClanahan

I went on a little road trip, in part to get this one bridge. The entire Rock Island Line is being turned into a rail trail, MoRIT (Missouri Rock Island Trail. I traveled from Pleasant Hill to Windsor (the roughly 80 miles took a little over four hours, mostly on back, gavel roads). The the entire line has been cleared and grubbed, and track removed, with only a few sections that have been graded, and graveled.