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US 61 River Aux Vases Bridge


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Photo taken by James Baughn

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Lost through truss bridge over River Aux Vases between Ste. Genevieve and St. Mary
Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1925; replaced July 2004
- Public Works Construction Co. (Contractor)
Center span: 7-panel Pratt through truss
Both approaches: Warren pony trusses
Length of largest span: 141.4 ft.
Total length: 268.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.92011, -89.99447   (decimal degrees)
37°55'12" N, 89°59'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/236779/4201180 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
Survey #397 (T. 37 N., R. 9 E.)
Inventory numbers
MoDOT H-63 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 4848 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22673 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


River Aux Vases US 61 Bridge
Posted January 11, 2007, by Bryan Spraul (spraul [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Grew up about 2 miles from this bridge used regularly. It had been in such disrepair and repaired so many times that at times you could see through holes in the deck to the creek below. The crew would simply stuff the holes and pave over them. It was so narrow that if a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck approached from different directions at the same time often one or the other would stop to let to the other vehicle through to as to avoid having pass each other while on the bridge for fear of collision. The border of the rust on the trusses/superstructure are from the flood of 93 and mark where the river crested that summer.

Posted October 25, 2005, by kwame kodie (kwamekodie [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Dear Sir,

Could you kindly suggest supports methods which persons or group of persons will use(standing on) when wire brushing and painting(primary and secondary coating) on the main truss, the under path of the main truss of span of 30.5 meters thank you and counting on your co-operation.

kwame kodie