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Kemna Bridge



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Swinging bridge over Tavern Creek on Kemna Bridge Road (CR 52-56) east of St. Elizabeth
Miller County, Missouri
Open to traffic with a 15 ton weight limit
Built 1924 by Joseph Dice; rehabilitated 1978
- Joseph Dice
Wire suspension
Total length: 167.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.24731, -92.24535   (decimal degrees)
38°14'50" N, 92°14'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/566033/4233524 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Van Cleve
Land survey
T. 40 N., R. 12 W., Sec. 3
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 17571 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22046 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 37.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 4, 2015: New photos from Diane Martin


Kemna Bridge
Posted May 26, 2019, by Jane Ballard (jane [at] janeballard [dot] com)

We drove across this bridge on May 12, 2019. There are some broken "new" cables and some old cables unwinding, so it's a little bit scary! Thanks to Missouri Life magazine for the article about swinging bridges in Missouri!

Kemna Bridge
Posted October 6, 2015, by Erik Hoffman

Damn them if they replace this. They should have a little money left over from all those shitty overpass remodels to repair a precious gem of architecture and history.

Kemna Bridge
Posted October 17, 2013, by Virginia Duffield (gduffield [at] vernonpublishing [dot] com)

This bridge was heavily damaged by flooding in early August 2013. It is being considered for repair or replacement by Miller County and FEMA.

Kemna Bridge
Posted November 4, 2011, by Jason (jasonjjinks [at] aol [dot] com)

We need to try to save this great peice of american and local history before it too is removed