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Red Bridge

Red Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 5, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Red Bridge Road (Old Alignment) Over Blue River
Location
Kansas City: Jackson County, Missouri: United States
Structure Type
Metal 7 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Curved T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1932 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1982
Main Span Length
93 Feet (28 Meters)
Structure Length
260 Feet (79 Meters)
Roadway Width
22 Feet (6.71 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 3 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge, along with the similar Mosby Bridge is noted for its almost unheard-of use of a truly curved upper chord in the truss design. It is not a polygonal upper chord. The use of a curved upper chord is vastly more common in Europe, but in the United States, this is one of the most unusual details to be found in a metal truss bridge. It not only makes the bridge look unique, it makes it look graceful and beautiful. This is complimented by a handsome approach system of curved t-beams and ornamental railings. This bridge was bypassed by a much larger highway bridge, but was repainted and left standing for pedestrian use in a park. Aside from being repainted and having pedestrian railing added (with original railing left behind), no repair work was done to the trusses. Areas of complete section loss can still be seen on many truss members, and some of the overhead bracing that had been damaged by overheight trucks remains in damaged condition.

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