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Bee Creek Boulevard Bridge

Bee Creek Boulevard Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 2, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Bee Creek Boulevard Over Bee Creek
Location
Rural: Platte County, Missouri: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1940 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1987
Main Span Length
100 Feet (30.48 Meters)
Structure Length
103 Feet (31.39 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
17239

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This bridge is an unusual design in that it displays a Camelback truss design in a pony truss format, and using only lightweight paired angles to compose chords and members. The design can be found in a small number of bridges in both the states of Kansas and Missouri. The cross-border appearance of this design in two neighboring states, plus the fact that it hasn't been seen in other parts of the country, suggests its design is the work of a bridge company rather than a state-standard bridge plan. This bridge had a 1940 construction date given, while a nearly identical example in Kansas had a 1925 date given. One of these dates may be wrong, given the significant gap in time. It seems unlikely such an unusual design was built over such a long period.

This bridge is one of the best examples in both Kansas and Missouri of this unusual truss bridge design, having minimal alteration and good physical condition.

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