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Warsaw Upper Bridge

Warsaw Upper Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 14, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Swinging Bridge Road (Old MO-7) Over Osage River
Warsaw: Benton County, Missouri: United States
Structure Type
Metal Wire Cable Suspension, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1928 By Builder/Contractor: Joseph A. Dice

Technical Facts

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Main Span Length
510 Feet (155.4 Meters)
Structure Length
600 Feet (182.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
14 Feet (4.27 Meters)
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Joseph Dice was an engineer who was not an engineer. He had no engineering training, yet he built a number of suspension bridges in Missouri that were, despite being surprisingly simple and primitive in design and appearance, served safely for many decades. His bridges used main cables that have no wrapping around them. The suspender cables are not braided and they are simply wrapped around the main cable and floorbeams. There is no stiffening truss or girder, making this a very large example of a "swinging" type suspension bridge. This long span example of Dice's work includes (similarly primitive)  networks of wind bracing that runs from the deck to anchorages along the shoreline. The towers are more substantial looking, of traditional riveted construction. This bridge is the largest surviving Joseph Dice bridge and the only one that has been preserved. It has been bypassed and preserved for pedestrian use. It retains the original cables, although some modern suspenders have been added alongside the original cables.





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