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Sinking Creek Bridge



Photo taken by James Baughn

BH Photo #107064


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Three-span open-spandrel arches over Sinking Creek on MO 19 north of Round Spring
Shannon County, Missouri
Future prospects
To be demolished and replaced in 2017
Built 1925; closed to traffic in 2015 and bypassed by temporary bridge
- Public Works Construction Co. (Contractor)
Three-span open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 338.8 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.30276, -91.41229   (decimal degrees)
37°18'10" N, 91°24'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/640710/4129641 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Round Spring
Land survey
T. 30 N., R. 4 W., Sec. 7
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 4853 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
MoDOT H-79 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 22545 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 12.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 23, 2017: New photo from Andrew Penik
  • January 14, 2017: New photos from James Baughn
  • April 28, 2016: New photo from Rusty Weisman
  • December 1, 2015: Updated by David Backlin: Available for Reuse
  • November 19, 2015: New photos from Rusty Weisman
  • July 10, 2015: New photo from James Baughn
  • January 29, 2014: New photo from Roger Deschner

Related Bridges 



Sinking Creek Bridge
Posted November 19, 2015, by Rusty Weisman (Russell [dot] Weisman [at] modot [dot] mo [dot] gov)

MoDOT is accepting proposals from agencies, individuals, organizations or businesses for preservation and adaptive reuse of the Sinking Creek Bridge 'in place' - YOU WOULD NOT NEED TO MOVE IT

Ideally the NPS or MoDNR would take this historic bridge since it borders on their parks - and could be easily incorporated into a future trail system, or used as a platform for an interpretive center or ranger station - or it might be leased to a concessionaire for any number of creative/useful purposes (as a platform for a campground, canoe livery, restaurant/store). A similar bridge on Route 19 at Eminence (BH 22543) has proven to be an asset to that community and has been used for a variety of purposes.

Should NPS and DNR decline to submit a viable proposal - MoDOT/FHWA will consider proposals from others.

A portion of the estimated $110,000 demolition costs would be available - adequate to make repairs needed to fix spalling concrete and to install pedestrian safety railing/fencing. Since heavy truck traffic has been removed, once those repairs are made - our engineers believe the bridge will not require any major work for at least 20 years.

It is unclear at this time how much of the adjacent ROW and roadway approaches might be included with the bridge if it were transfered to a private party - as those bits of 'excess ROW' may revert to the adjacent property owners (NPS-ONSR/MDNR) - and that could then require additional negotiation with NPS / MDNR for easements to access the bridge.

The current deadline for applications for this bridge is Dec 15. The contact person here at MoDOT is Karen.Daniels@MoDOT.mo.gov 573 526-7346

Sinking Creek Bridge
Posted November 7, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Jayhawk,i have to agree with you that i have never heard of a concrete arch being moved,especially one this big.Good idea to turn it into a park bridge.

Sinking Creek Bridge
Posted November 6, 2015, by jayhawk

My last hope is that the DNR will take it as it is in a new state park they are creating. I'm not too confident that will happen, though.

You can't move a concrete arch bridge. It's laughable and somewhat insulting that they put it out for relocation.

Sinking Creek Bridge
Posted November 5, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Bridge is being given away - I'm assuming to a group willing to preserve it in place. Moving iron truss bridges is a pain, I cant imagine the cost or logistics of moving a concrete span!


Sinking Creek Bridge
Posted October 13, 2015, by Karen Daniels

A public meeting on a permanent fix at Sinking Creek is being held. The meeting is available virtually at: http://www.modot.org/southeast/news_and_information/public_m....

Sinking Creek Bridge
Posted July 10, 2015, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

There had been talk last year about saving this bridge for pedestrian use within the Ozark Riverways, but I haven't heard any more about that.

Considering MoDOT's financial difficulties, the temporary bypass bridge might be around for an awful long time. Or, to put it another way, there's nothing more permanent than a temporary bridge.

Sinking Creek Bridge
Posted July 10, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It's a shame seeing this one go. It was a beautiful sight as one floated down the Current river to Round Springs.

Sinking Creek Bridge-Visit NOW
Posted July 10, 2015, by Diane (vbvixendi [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge is now closed to traffic. Bridge has been bypassed with a temporary bridge. Come visit it and take your pictures now before it's demolished and replaced with a permanent bridge. Park on north end of bridge, concrete barriers to keep vehicles off bridge have been placed on both ends.

Sinking Creek Bridge
Posted April 8, 2015, by Karen Daniels

An image of the bridge under construction, courtesy of the Missouri Digital Heritage Web-site: http://cdm.sos.mo.gov/cdm/ref/collection/msaceg/id/441

Sinking Creek Bridge
Posted April 7, 2015, by jayhawk

Sad news. This is the bridge that started my interest in bridge photography. I was actually here again in December - the approach spans and spandrel columns are in pretty bad shape. I'll try to get the photos up soon.

I hope it's bypassed like the Eminence Bridge a little further south.

Sinking Creek Bridge-Now Doomed?
Posted April 7, 2015, by Diane (vbvixendi [at] aol [dot] com)

From MoDOT's Southeast District Press Releases

March 31, 2015 08:58 PM

Route 19 Sinking Creek Bridge in Shannon County Reduced

Yield Condition, Weight Restriction

SIKESTON-Following routine inspections, the Route 19 bridge over Sinking Creek near Round Spring in Shannon County has been reduced to one lane with a weight restriction of 20 tons. The reduction will stay in place until funding for a bridge replacement becomes available.

The bridge is striped and marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for opposing traffic when traveling in area.

For additional information, please contact District Construction and Materials Engineer Andy Meyer at (573) 472-5296 or Assistant District Engineer Chris Rutledge at (417) 469-6239.

Sinking Creek Bridge
Posted October 19, 2008, by janet ellington (champbass [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was wondering if anyone had names of the workers that help on building the bridge. and had pictures of the workers. My Grandpa George Blake was working on the bridge when he got sick and died. I was wondering if someone might have a picture of him.

Sinking Creek Bridge
Posted May 31, 2006, by Doug Canady (douglas [dot] canady [at] modot [dot] mo [dot] gov)

What an interesting and historic bridge in a gorgeous area of Missouri! With a sufficiency rating of 52, the bridge is eligible for federal funding for rehablitation, but not for total replacement. If no rehabilitation is done, then eventually MODOT will close the bridge to traffic. There are no alternate routes north and south in the area. Rehabilitation is inevitable. After witnessing a bad accident of a truck running into the bridge rail end post on the south side on Memorial Day 2006, it is obvious that the end posts need some sort of impact attenuator design for safety. I hope that MoDOT goes for an aesthetic, retro-historic sort of design when they rehabilitate the bridge. The designers will need to go "outside the box" to come up with a design that will match the existing historic structure aesthetics and satisfy FHWA and MUTCD design requirements. Send your input to MoDOT's District Engineer in Willow Springs, MO.