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Grotto Bridge


Looking south toward Highway P

Photo taken by Clark Vance in July 2014


BH Photo #288707


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Concrete stringer bridge over Little Piney Creek on CR 7530 (Grotto Road)
Phelps County, Missouri
Reverted to private property and closed to all traffic
Concrete stringer low water crossing
Length of largest span: 30.8 ft.
Total length: 161.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.91287, -91.93045   (decimal degrees)
37°54'46" N, 91°55'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/594016/4196687 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 37 N., R. 9 W., Sec. 21
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 20051 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 55188 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2011)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 13, 2015: New Street View added by Dave King
  • July 19, 2014: New photos from Clark Vance
  • January 12, 2013: Added by James Baughn



Grotto Bridge
Posted July 19, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I got information from the landowner and confirmed it with Phelps County Road Department. The county has vacated the section of road from P Highway RoW to a point about 150 feet past the north end of the bridge. These limits are clearly blocked by red marker signs and rocks.

Grotto Road can be driven from old US 66 to past the railroad track but the bridge and paths leading to it are privately owned. The several owners, all children of the previous owner, are vigilant and will confront people walking the former public property. When asked, one of them was quite willing to talk about the area's history and gave permission to photograph the area including the old Iron Works.