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Rock Island - Armourdale Bridge

Rock Island - Armourdale Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 5, 2016

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Location
Kansas City: Wyandotte County, Kansas: United States
Structure Type
Metal 12 Panel Pin-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Baltimore Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1905 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
300.0 Feet (91.4 Meters)
Structure Length
740.0 Feet (225.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
2 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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2021 Update: This bridge is to be adaptively reused in a rather unique way with a trail but also an event area right on the bridge deck. Official Website: https://rockislandkc.com/ and also see this article: https://www.enr.com/articles/52307-developer-plans-to-transform-abandoned-kansas-city-rail-bridge-into-a-destination

This bridge was abandoned when nearby Kemper Arena was constructed. Approach spans have been removed leaving only the truss spans. Perhaps the original approach spans extended across the state line into Missouri, but today the bridge is entirely within the borders of Kansas. This bridge is one of several bridges in Kansas City with a unique alteration: a special lift jacking system that allowed the truss spans to be raised a small amount to provide clearance during flood events. With this bridge, it appears the bridge was jacked up permanantly and new supports were added. The jacking towers and system remains in place on this bridge, and is a screw jack system, and was never replaced with a hydraulic system as was the case with some other bridges in the city.

This bridge would be a great candidate for reuse as a pedestrian crossing.

Above: Abandoned machinery remains for the screw jack lifting system.

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