A local nearly 90-year-old bridge could soon have a new home and purpose.
The Missouri Department of Transportation announced Wednesday they are accepting proposals until the end of this year for the reuse of the Pony Truss, Warren alternating vertical bridge on Livingston County Route C over Shoal Creek. The bridge is currently located about one and a half miles northwest of Dawn.
The Shoal Creek Bridge is a 1933 built, rigid-connected, 178-foot long bridge with a 100-foot Warren alternating verticals pony truss, and a 38-foot wide flange girder approach span on each end.
The bridge is scheduled to be replaced with the project scheduled to go out for contractor bids in June 2022.
The bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under criteria A and C for local significance in transportation and engineering. Because of that eligibility, federal law requires any state proposing demolition of a historic bridge to first make it available for donation to a state, locality or responsible private entity.
The bridge can be obtained by government entities, historical or civic groups, or private citizens, free of charge. The cost to remove the bridge or any of its parts is borne by the party obtaining the bridge. Those interested in taking all or part of the bridge are invited to submit a proposal for reuse.
MoDOT’s Historic Preservation Section is now accepting proposals for the relocation and reuse of the bridge or its components until Dec. 31, 2021. A proposal checklist is available on MoDOT’s Free Bridges website: modot.org/free-bridges.
Info on the Shoal Creek Bridge on Route C can be found here.