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BNSF - Watson Road Overpass


East Approach

Photo taken by David Backlin in April 2008


BH Photo #114226


Street Views 


Deck plate girder bridge over Watson Road (Missouri State Highway 366 / Historic U. S. 66 Byway) on the BNSF (formerly Frisco) Railroad in Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury, St. Louis County, Missouri
Open to one track of railroad traffic
Built in 1931
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Deck plate girder with timber trestle approaches; south end repaired in 2002 following a train derailment. South approach has now been entirely replaced as of 2017.
Also called
Frisco Watson Road Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.58016, -90.32421   (decimal degrees)
38°34'49" N, 90°19'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/733082/4273583 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Webster Groves
Land survey
T. 44 N., R. 6 E., Sec. 3
Inventory number
BH 36613 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


BNSF Railway (1,515)
Built 1931 (936)
Built during 1930s (11,769)
Deck girder (5,777)
Girder (10,299)
Have street view (27,065)
Missouri (6,315)
Open (39,977)
Owned by railroad (12,498)
Plate girder (7,983)
Railroad (15,601)
Shrewsbury, Missouri (3)
St. Louis County, Missouri (191)
St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (217)
US 66 (300)

Update Log 

  • October 9, 2020: New photo from Daniel Barnes
  • May 18, 2019: New photo from Joe Sonderman
  • November 23, 2017: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • October 12, 2013: New photo from Joe Leets
  • March 12, 2012: New photos from Mark Dellbringge
  • March 2, 2012: New photos from Mark Dellbringge
  • October 21, 2011: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Changed overview, city name: Wunnenberg street guide shows the city is Shrewsbury
  • July 29, 2011: New Street View added by Daniel Hopkins
  • July 28, 2011: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Clarified description
  • August 8, 2010: New photos from Mark Dellbringge
  • May 13, 2008: Added by David Backlin


  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Mark Dellbringge
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Daniel Barnes
  • Joe Sonderman


BNSF - Watson Road Overpass
Posted September 13, 2016, by E. Jordan (cire141 [at] att [dot] net)

I drove under this bridge a few days ago and noticed the wooden beams on the north end of the bridge have been pulled out and replaced with steel girders. The supports on the south side are still wooden, but with a concrete top support for the bridge deck.

Frisco Railroad Bridge
Posted July 14, 2009, by jack (jackkav [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I live by this bridge and did you notice that they made mistakes they made T over t and e over e and frisco sign over e

Frisco Railroad Bridge
Posted May 20, 2009, by Mark (mark_nielsen_mci [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A portion of the approach to the bridge on the south side was destoyed by a BNSF southbound taconite train that derailed in August of 2002. The lumber trestle approach was filled in with tons and tons of rock to stabilize the older wooden beams that remained. Found some pictures taken by Bradley Hufnagel showing the damage...

Frisco Railroad Bridge
Posted August 11, 2008, by Remick Bloss (madirea1 [at] netscape [dot] com)

Great bridge!!! Thank you for getting this one on the website. I have seen a pictutre of it in the book by John Szwajkart, Train Watcher's Guide to St. Louis. His other two are just as great( one covers Kansas City and the other, Chicago). There are a few more Frisco bridges in the area that would be great to see, as well as other RR and Hwy bridges in the state of Missouri and Iowa. I'll send you a list. I hope Walthers comes out with kits like this in different sizes for modelers. Have a great week!!!