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MO-17 Dog Creek Bridge

MO-17 Dog Creek Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 3, 2009

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
MO-17 Over Dog Creek (Catail Creek)
Location
Rural: Miller County, Missouri: United States
Structure Type
Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1926 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
42.7 Feet (13 Meters)
Structure Length
170.0 Feet (51.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
Spans
4 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
4804

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This bridge is the oldest concrete t-beam bridge in the county. It is also the second longest t-beam in the county, with the longest example dating to 2004, making the Dog Creek Bridge the longest historic t-beam in the county. The bridge retains excellent historic integrity and is a good representative example of a 1920s t-beam bridge in Missouri. Missouri used t-beam bridges for medium sized crossings including ones needing multiple spans. This is different from some other states who reserved t-beams during this period for short spans, and used metal stringers and girders instead.

At the time of documentation, a sign was posted at the Dog Creek Bridge which reads "Safe and Sound." "Safe and Sound" is MoDOT shorthand for "Demolish all historic bridges that could have been rehabilitated for continued safe and functional use." It is the name of MoDOT's rapid bridge replacement program created in response to the I-35W bridge collapse. A number of states developed similar post I-35W programs, most notably Pennsylvania PennDOT's Rebuild PA program. A little background. The I-35W was a cantilevered deck truss built in 1967 in Minneapolis. HistoricBridges.org places a generous 1970 limit on how new a bridge placed on the website can be, which is  15 years more generous than the National Register of Historic Places. As such, the I-35W Bridge was nearly a modern bridge. In 2007, the bridge collapsed because the original plans for the bridge had a typo that specified gusset plates to be thinner than they should have been. In response to this, MoDOT, PennDOT, and other departments all decided that this must mean that all old bridges should be demolished and replaced, even though the I-35W collapse was caused by a document typo error, not aging or deterioration.

How an incorrectly gusset plate size on a 1960s truss bridge relates to a 1927 concrete t-beam is unclear. If anything, the I-35W bridge suggests that newer bridges are more dangerous and poorly designed than a bridge like this bridge which has served traffic faithfully for many more decades. This bridge, which has proven itself by standing the test of time, would probably be safer and more long-lived than any new bridge if it were carefully rehabilitated.

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