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US 61 Establishment Creek Bridge


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Lost two-span through truss bridge over Establishment Creek on US 61, south of Bloomsdale
Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri
No longer exists
Built 1931; replaced 2009
- W.F. Fogleman (Contractor)
Two riveted, 6-panel Pratt through trusses
Length of largest span: 123.3 ft.
Total length: 246.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.00494, -90.19956   (decimal degrees)
38°00'18" N, 90°11'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/745878/4210064 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 38 N., R. 7 E., Sec. 13
Inventory numbers
MoDOT J-745 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 5504 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22666 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 26, 2009: Updated by John Christeson: Being replaced if not already reopened
  • February 26, 2007: Posted all new photos



Establishment Creek Bridge - ribboncutting was 8/14/2009
Posted March 2, 2010, by andy meyer (andrew [dot] meyer [at] modot [dot] mo [dot] gov)

Ribboncutting Ceremony Scheduled for Establishment Creek Bridge on Route 61 in Ste. Genevieve County

Mrs. Betty Carver, who cut the ribbon on the truss bridge 78 years ago was in attendance and cut the ribbon on the new bridge.

SIKESTON – The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. to commemorate completion of the Establishment Creek Bridge in Ste. Genevieve County. The ceremony will be held on the northeast side of the newly constructed bridge on Route 61 near Bloomsdale. Parking will be available near the bridge site.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded the contract during its regular meeting in February for improvements to replace the bridge over Establishment Creek near Bloomsdale. The $1,118,236 contract was awarded to Goodwin Bros. Construction, Co., Crystal City, Mo. Work began in March and was completed in early August.

For more information, please contact Project Manager Andy Meyer at (573) 472-5296, Resident Engineer John Grana at (636) 931-2671 or MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).

Establishment Creek Bridge
Posted January 30, 2009, by Kay Hayes (KHayes367 [at] aol [dot] com)

Love this place!! Grew up on these creek banks. Does anyone know who took the pictures?? Thanks.

Establishment Creek Bridge - replacement
Posted September 28, 2007, by Andy Meyer (andrew [dot] meyer [at] modot [dot] mo [dot] gov)

You are correct that this bridge is scheduled for replacement in 2009. The pictures attached below illustrate the damage to the structure from overdimension loads and general deterioration with age. The last two photos are attached to illustrate the condition of the rock bluff under the south abutment. If you look closely in the two photos you can see the variance in color in the horizontal layers. Some of the layers have variances in density and durability in addition to color. Unfortunately there is a soft layer very close to the normal flow of the creek directly under the bridge, which results in an abutment that will eventually be undermined by the creek. The bridge will be removed and replaced at the same location. The new south abutment will be approximately 20 feet further back to accomodate long term erosion of the bluff. The 50 people that attended the public meeting were unanimous in their desire to see a new bridge that is wider than the current 20 foot deck. The new bridge will be 32 feet in width.

Establishment Creek Bridge
Posted September 3, 2007, by Anonymous

save this bridge. they are planning to tear it down and replace it!!!!