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Arsenal Street Overpass


The replacement bridge

This photo was shot from the MetroBus traveling east on Arsenal. The new bridge has handrailings and updated safety features.

Photo taken by Mark Dellbringge in August 2010


BH Photo #171614

Street View 


The old Arsenal Street UPRR bridge was designed similarly to the Columbia Street Bridge, about 1/2 mile to the north. Both were built in 1913 and had the "1913" date stamp on the concrete balustrades. It also had metal art-deco fence approaches. Unlike the Columbia Street Bridge which has a flat surface, the Arsenal street bridge had a hump in the middle.


Lost concrete bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad on Arsenal Street
Southwest Garden, St. Louis, Missouri
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1913; replaced 2006
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Length of largest span: 30.8 ft.
Total length: 89.9 ft.
Deck width: 36.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.60563, -90.27512   (decimal degrees)
38°36'20" N, 90°16'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/737276/4276536 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Webster Groves
Land survey
T. 45 N., R. 7 E., Sec. 30
Inventory number
BH 38098 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 15, 2010: New Street View added by Mark Dellbringge
  • August 4, 2010: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Added description
  • August 2, 2010: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Fixed bridge coordinates
  • November 15, 2008: Added by James Baughn


  • Mark Dellbringge


Arsenal Street UPRR Bridge
Posted August 21, 2009, by mark dellbringge

Hi JT, you may have been referring to another bridge further out west on Arsenal. That bridge was built in 1996 to replace an earlier viaduct. It is located between Jamieson Ave. and McCausland Ave. It crosses the BNSF RR yard and River Des Peres drainage channel.

I remember the old bridge had brick handrailings and, at the end of the bridge, had a sharp left turn for westbound Arssenal motorists. The new bridge is nice and straight.

Arsenal Street UPRR Bridge
Posted December 25, 2008, by JZ (Zoomjz [at] aol [dot] com)

I think this bridge may be over the BNSF tracks. Arsenal Street doesn't go over the UP tracks as it ends before it would cross.

Arsenal Street UPRR Bridge
Posted November 17, 2008, by Mark Dellbringge

The now lost Arsenal Street UPRR bridge was built similar to the Columbia Avenue bridge about 1/4 mile to the north. The Arsenal bridge had the same balustrade design as the Columbia Ave. bridge but it also had a hump in the middle.