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Miami Bridge



Photo taken by James McCray


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Driving across northbound

Video shot Sept. 25, 2009, by James Baughn

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Miami Bridge: Before and After

This video shows the before and after of the Miami Bridge over the Missouri River. The first half was recorded September 9th, 2009 southbound MO Route 41. It was recorded by a Black & White camera. It shows the 2 cranes off to the side preparing the bridge for demolition. The 2nd. half was recorded in HD color and shows the new bridge going Southbound. It's an uninteresting bridge now. Designers must have called that one in.

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Lost cantilevered through truss bridge over the Missouri River on MO 41 at Miami
Miami, Saline County, Missouri, and Carroll County, Missouri
Superstructure demolished
Built 1939; rehabilitated 1983; closed to traffic Oct. 5, 2009; channel span demolished Oct. 27, 2009
- Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
- Sverdrup & Parcel of St. Louis, Missouri (Designer)
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 474.7 ft.
Total length: 2,071.9 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 23.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.5 ft.
Also called
McDaniel Memorial Bridge (official name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.32833, -93.22500   (decimal degrees)
39°19'42" N, 93°13'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/480607/4353237 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 52 N., R. 21 W., Sec. 4
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
MoDOT K-09992 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 6027 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22484 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 61.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 11, 2015: Photos imported by Dave King
  • November 11, 2014: New video from Mark Shannon
  • December 20, 2009: New video from James Baughn
  • October 27, 2009: Channel span has been demolished
  • October 5, 2009: Bridge is now closed and undergoing demolition
  • March 5, 2009: Updated by David Backlin: Scheduled for replacement
  • May 14, 2008: New photos from David B. Haun
  • May 12, 2008: New photos from David B. Haun
  • March 23, 2008: New photos from James McCray



Miami Bridge
Posted January 28, 2017, by Rich (drucc1234 [at] aol [dot] com)

I always hated driving over this bridge, the old bridge gave me panic attacks and the new bridge isn't too much better as it sits so high over the Missouri River,

Miami Bridge
Posted September 29, 2010, by Eric Kinkhorst (e [dot] kinkhorst [at] centurytel [dot] net)

New bridge scheduled to open Oct. 4th 3:00 PM.

Miami Bridge
Posted May 27, 2010, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

The thing going up here continues to have the impression of the mondane overpass, hands down. I wish this new bridge was going up in an urban setting so it will easily blend in the other overpasses and crossings cities have. This ugly example of UCEB solidifies Nathan Hoth's essay that preservation of the Historic truss could have happened.

SO the UCEB's will continue to decimate the population of America's classic bridges. And within 50 years America will have crumbling concrete problems everywhere because UCEB's, mostly, are poorly designed "quick fixes"...

Miami Bridge
Posted May 2, 2010, by Shirley S. Malan (sug [at] iland [dot] net)

I am secretary of the Friends of Miami and we were given some old pictures of the McDaniel Bridge that was built in 1939. The pictures are dated from February 18, 1939 to November 1939. Can you give me a specific date as to when work began and ended on the bridge. If these pictures have the correct date, looks as if the bridge was built in 10 months, but we have conflicting stories here in Miami.

I read an article that work began almost immediately in December of 1938 and the bridge oficially opened in June 1940. These pictures we have show cars going back and forth on the bridge in November of 1939. Can you help me out? We have some copies of these pictures on a disc, and they are very good. (a total of 129 pictures with dates on the back of them)


Miami Bridge
Posted April 10, 2010, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Just checked out the construction job's webcam site. I think ordinary interstate hwy overpasses have more eye appeal than THIS ugly thing going up.

Miami Bridge
Posted November 3, 2009, by Todd aka "bridgebuilder" (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Would have been nice to concider a sleek steel arch here as the forthcoming Amelia Earhart bridge. What is coming here will look like a "makeshift" slap a few beams together project that will be God awful ugly. Glasgow's span, not by much, looks ok because it uses shorter spans. THIS project will "stick out" with long ugly steel beams on old truss piers that poorly match. A "real bridge" is coming to Atchison, but, here, will be a scar.

Miami Bridge Demolition
Posted November 1, 2009, by Eric Kinkhorst (e [dot] kinkhorst [at] centurytel [dot] net)

You can keep track of the progress here:


Miami Bridge
Posted September 17, 2009, by Gary

The Miami Bridge will be closed in October 2009 and replaced in the same manner as the Glasgow Bridge.

Miami Bridge
Posted May 6, 2009, by Eric Kinkhorst (e [dot] kinkhorst [at] centurytel [dot] net)

I remember the toll booth was there in the 60s.It was on the south side.

Miami Bridge
Posted February 18, 2009, by shirley burton (shirleyburton [at] centurytel [dot] net)

What year was the toll taken off this bridge?

Miami Bridge
Posted April 30, 2008, by Eric (e [dot] kinkhorst [at] centurytel [dot] net)

I remember when this was a toll bridge. I probably cross this bridge 20 times a week.