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Columbia Avenue Bridge


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Photo taken by James Baughn in November 2008


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Stringer bridge over Union Pacific Railroad on Columbia Avenue in St. Louis
The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri
Closed as of 2-4-19.
Built 1913
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Concrete stringer bridge with balustrades
Length of largest span: 32.2 ft.
Total length: 87.9 ft.
Deck width: 36.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.61080, -90.27389   (decimal degrees)
38°36'39" N, 90°16'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/737366/4277113 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Webster Groves
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 12879 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 38037 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 89 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 9, 2011: New photos from Mark Dellbringge
  • November 13, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • November 8, 2008: Added by James Baughn


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Columbia Avenue Bridge
Posted February 4, 2019, by Dennis (ironzen1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The deteriorating 106-year-old Columbia Avenue bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks was permanently shut down Monday (2-4-19) afternoon by city work crews because of safety worries.

The city previously had planned to hold off closure until after a planned new bridge carrying nearby Southwest Avenue over the tracks is built. That construction won't begin until 2022.

But Rich Bradley, president of the city Board of Public Service, said engineers working in the area recently noticed that the Columbia span was being used illegally by various trucks heavier than the 15-ton limit imposed there in 2006.

He said the decision was made to close the bridge after officials determined that repairs to keep it open temporarily would cost at least $750,000.

Bradley said the existing 92-year-old Southwest bridge will remain open. Once the replacement Southwest bridge is built, plans call for Columbia to intersect with Southwest east of the bridge. The project is expected to cost $10 million.

Columbia Avenue Bridge
Posted November 14, 2008, by Mark Dellbringge

I believe the Columbia Avenue bridge right now has a weight limit of 13 tons. Many years ago one of the concrete piers under the bridge was damaged due to a derailment.

A bridge similar to the Columbia Avenue bridge is the lost Arsenal Street UPRR bridge. It is located about 1/4 mile south of the Columbia Avenue Bridge. It had a hump in the middle and similar balustrades. It too was built in 1913 and was replaced in 2006.