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Greenville Bridge


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An 8-panel 170’ Warren ‘camelback’ through truss main span with a pair of 50' simple I-beam steel stringer approach spans on the south side of the St Francis River and a series of three 190' (60'-70-60') continuous I-beam steel stringer approach spans on the north side of the river.

Bridge J21R carried US Route 67 over the St Francis River for 70 years. It opened to traffic in December 1941 - replacing a 20' wide converted railway bridge located just downstream. It was removed from service in August 2010 after a new four lane replacement was opened and it was demolished in December 2011.

J21R replaced bridge J21 located a short distance downstream. Bridge J21 was a pin connected 7-panel Pratt through truss that was moved to the St Francis River by the Williamsville Greenville & St Louis RR in 1909 from previous use elsewhere by the Missouri Pacific Railroad. In 1930, 12 years after the W G & St L railways successor the Ozark Valley Railway when bankrupt, the abandoned bridge was acquired by the Missouri Highway Department for use by Route 67 - which was then in the process of being realigned widened and paved. The improved highway 67 was routed across the St Francis on the former W G & St L railway alignment. In 1930-31 for use by US Route 67, the Pratt truss railroad bridge was widened 6' by the St Louis Structural Steel Co. and new concrete approaches where built by the S J Cohen Construction Co. Bridge J21 remained in use on Route 67 for just 10 years until a replacement at higher elevation was made necessary by construction of the Wappapello Dam 20 miles downstream. When bridge J21R was completed in 1941, the modified Pratt truss was then dismantled and saved for later use. It was moved by the Corps of Engineers and re-erected in 1945 in Cross County Arkansas on State Route 42 over the St Francis Bay Ditch. While in service on Route 42 for the Arkansas Highway Department, it was known as Bridge No. 2011.

Concrete filled riveted steel pier in photo 10 is from a bridge built for the Wayne County Court in 1911 by Stupp Bros Bridge & Iron Co..


Through truss bridge over St. Francis River (Lake Wappapello) on US 67 at Old Greenville
Wayne County, Missouri
Removed and replaced
Built 1941; Replaced 2011
- Clinton Bridge Works of Clinton, Iowa (Main span & 2 50' simple spans) [also known as Clinton Bridge & Iron Works]
- George W. Condon Construction Co. of Omaha, Nebraska (Contractor)
- Illinois Steel Bridge Co. of Jacksonville, Illinois (Northern approach spans)
- Omaha Steel Works of Omaha, Nebaraska (Cast steel bearings for the main span & continuous northern continuous approach spans)
- Spuck Iron & Foundry Co. of St. Louis, Missouri (Iron alloy bearings for the two of the southern spans)
- Sverdrup & Parcel of St. Louis, Missouri (Designer)
Riveted, 8-panel Warren through truss with a Camelback profile, a pair of 50' simple I-beam approach spans on the south side of the river and 3 190' continuous I-beam approach spans on the north side.
Length of largest span: 170.5 ft.
Total length: 850.8 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.09595, -90.45445   (decimal degrees)
37°05'45" N, 90°27'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/726228/4108548 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Greenville SW
Land survey
T. 28 N., R. 5 E., Sec. 13
395 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
MoDOT J-21R (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 5216 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22795 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2009)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 39.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 22, 2019: New photo from Rusty Weisman
  • May 24, 2019: New photo from Joe Sonderman
  • June 29, 2015: New photo from Rusty Weisman
  • June 18, 2015: New photos from Rusty Weisman
  • February 5, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected builder's section
  • January 31, 2013: Updated by Rusty Weisman: added info on designer and fabricators and description of approach spans
  • December 31, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed status per forum post
  • October 17, 2005: Posted additional photos from David Backlin

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Greenville Bridge
Posted August 4, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Based on some digging through MoDOT info, apparently the attached sign is located at the former site of this bridge.

Greenville Bridge
Posted December 31, 2011, by Craig Meador (cmeador [at] semo [dot] net)

Traveled to Greenville on Friday December 30th 2011 and the bridge was gone.

Greenville Bridge
Posted December 7, 2011, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Sadly, let the dismantling begin:


Greenville Bridge - updated construction photos
Posted February 9, 2008, by Andy Meyer (andrew [dot] meyer [at] modot [dot] mo [dot] gov)

See attached photo of construction progress.

Greenville Bridge (Wappapello Lake Bridge) replacement
Posted September 17, 2007, by Andy Meyer (andrew [dot] meyer [at] modot [dot] mo [dot] gov)

The contract to replace the Wappapello Lake bridge was awarded March 2007 to Robertson Contractors Inc. for 9.9 million. Anticipated completion is Summer 2009.

This project J0P0931A, is part of the improvement of the Route 67 corridor to a 4-lane expressway.

The new bridge will be 85 feet wide, carrying two lanes of traffic in each direction and also a pedestrian walkway that will connect the USACE trail system at the campground, the Ozark Trail, and Greenville.

The 67 corridor improvements in Madison, Wayne, and Butler Counties is a combination of funding from MoDOT (92 million in ammendment 3 funds), the 67 Corporation in Poplar Bluff (60 million bonded through sales tax revenue), and the Army Corps of Engineers (28 million in future federal appropriations).

Greenville Bridge
Posted August 2, 2007, by Darren L. Webb (dw573 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You have one photo of the joint that shows a missing piece of concrete adjacent to the joint it self. This chunk fell out during the spring of 1982 and MoDOT was contacted regarding this (As it fell into the water below)

Just goes to show you how good MoDOT really is, 25 years later it's to be replaced, but only in conjunction with a highway improvement program that was originally initiated by the Chamber of Commerce of Poplar Bluff some 25 miles south of said bridge.