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Platte Purchase Bridge


Both bridges

Photo taken by James Baughn in August 2011


BH Photo #247643


Lost Cantilever through truss bridge over the Missouri River on Northbound US 69 in Kansas City
Kansas City, Platte County, Missouri, and Wyandotte County, Kansas
Built 1957; rehabilitated 1997, prepared to be made into soup cans 2016
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 474.6 ft.
Total length: 2,601.3 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.7 ft.
Also called
Fairfax Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.15686, -94.62347   (decimal degrees)
39°09'25" N, 94°37'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/359727/4335438 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North Kansas City
Land survey
T. 50 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 8
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 300 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22345 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2014)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 44.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 9, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridge has been replaced.
  • November 3, 2014: Updated by Chris Knight: Now 2-way traffic also added Fairfax Bridge as an unofficial common name.
  • November 9, 2013: Updated by Chris Knight: Added Note about Replacement as Early as October 2014 per http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/07/4605453/kansas-city-wants-the-state-to.html
  • January 27, 2013: New photos from James Baughn
  • September 20, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link
  • March 2, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates and added Kansas City, Kansas to Cities. Bridge is in both KCK and KCMO.
  • April 30, 2008: New photo from Max Johnson
  • February 28, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"

Related Bridges 


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • Matt Lohry


Platte Purchase Bridge
Posted February 16, 2017, by Anonymous

Just for old times sake...


Platte Purchase Bridge
Posted December 9, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Platte Purchase Bridge
Posted December 9, 2016, by Matt Lohry

As of December 9, 2016, the main spans and northern approaches have now been demolished...the rest is to be blown up after the 1st of the year.

Platte Purchase Bridge
Posted September 10, 2016, by Kelly McClanahan

Bridge is in it's final days. The new bridge is almost complete, with the final deck pour in September. Once the new bridge is "completed", it will open to two lane traffic. The Platte Purchase Bridge then will be removed, and the other lanes completed.

Platte Purchase Bridge
Posted March 24, 2014, by Kevin Anderson (iamcreated [at] att [dot] net)

Free Bridge

This bridge and its neighbor bridge Fairfax are scheduled for replacement in 2014 http://www.modot.org/kansascity/major_projects/US69MRB.htm

and are available free for relocation


The finalists for design and build teams can be found at


Platte Purchase Bridge
Posted January 26, 2013, by ShinyFox (shinyfox [at] effulgentstudios [dot] com)

I was so glad when the deck was finally upgraded. I was terrified of this bridge as a child - the deck back then was slatted, and you could look down and see the river beneath you while waiting in line for the toll booth.

Platte Purchase Bridge
Posted October 1, 2008, by Randy Brush

Thank you for photo. Toll booth was removed about summer 2000. Now it is free bridges. I went to Platte Purchase Bridges. THANK YOU.

Platte Purchase Bridge
Posted March 22, 2008, by Max

Yup, thats the Fairfax and Platte Purchase bridges.

Glad you got some shots as this site did not have any.

Platte Purchase Bridge
Posted March 18, 2008, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Dan these two shots are beautiful.

Platte Purchase Bridge
Posted March 18, 2008, by Dan Compton (stlkcdc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It's hard to get close enough to get good pictures. These are from March 08.