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Theodosia Bridge


Overview looking northeast

Photo taken by David Backlin

BH Photo #106679

Street View 


Ten-span through truss bridge over Little North Fork White River (arm of Bull Shoals Lake) on US 160 near Theodosia
Ozark County, Missouri
Open to two-lane traffic
Built 1951-52; Refurbished 2016
- Maxwell Bridge Co. (Contractor)
Ten riveted, 8-panel Camelback Pratt through trusses
Length of largest span: 182.7 ft.
Total length: 1,816.5 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.57767, -92.64706   (decimal degrees)
36°34'40" N, 92°38'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/531575/4048081 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 22 N., R. 15 W., Sec. 19
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
MoDOT K-817R (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 10065 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22254 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 16, 2020: New photo from John Christeson
  • June 11, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • June 10, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • June 9, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • June 7, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • May 22, 2019: New photo from Joe Sonderman
  • May 20, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • April 11, 2019: New photos from Neil Krout
  • May 11, 2011: New photos from Molly Hill
  • August 20, 2005: Posted photos from David Backlin



Theodosia Bridge
Posted May 16, 2011, by Molly Hill

One positive about this area is that it's still fairly remote, thanks to the corps of engineers being very strict about building any sort of home or docks on this lake = less traffic and less likely hood of needing to build a wider bridge. Unlike lake of the ozarks which lost some beautiful deck trusses to population overflow :-( Bull shoals' unpredictable and rapid water level fluctuation i assume would make the decision to build new a serious and costly one, so it may be put off as long as possible. I am concerned about those bent braces though, It would be a big bummer to loose it, it's a beauty!

Theodosia Bridge
Posted May 14, 2011, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I hope there is enough support down the road to keep this bridge around. The Mt. Carmel, Illinois(12 span) bridge was just thrown away. Neat 10-span bridge over the lake. There are probably only between five and ten road through trusses with 6-12 spans remaining in the US. I'd say a bridge like this over a big lake would make the area beutiful for anyone who likes to get away to a lake.

Theodosia Bridge
Posted May 12, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That's a good man you've got Molly!

Theodosia Bridge
Posted May 11, 2011, by Molly Hill

Special thanks to my husband , Victor, for allowing me to bridge hunt via the water whilst on our fishing trip :-)

FYI : another reason to preserve historic bridges, they make great habitat for the fish. I've caught my biggest crappies off of old bridge piers!

Theodosia Bridge
Posted May 3, 2006, by Samantha (bballdudett2009 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I live in Theodosia and it is so beautiful here!!! This is our bridge!!!