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Free Historic Bridges

Free Bridges


When Missouri bridge projects require the removal of historic bridges, the Missouri Department of Transportation or its local transportation partners must make them available for use by others.  Federal law requires any state proposing demolition of a historic bridge involved in a bridge replacement project using federal funds to “first make the historic bridge available for donation to a State, locality, or responsible private entity” provided the recipient agrees to maintain the bridge and the features that give it historic significance and assume all future legal and financial responsibility for the bridge (see 23 USC 144(g)).

Bridges advertised here are listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and are available for reuse in place or relocation to a suitable location. The Missouri Department of Transportation and its local transportation partners are seeking proposals for their reuse. Because they are historic, preservation covenants to help preserve them and the features which make them historic, may apply. The Bridge Marketing Plan provides additional information on the overall process.

Up to 80% of the demolition costs (what would have been spent to demolish the bridges) is potentially available to reimburse recipients for reusing them. This funding is primarily available if the recipient is removing the bridge from its current location themselves. If the applicant needs the bridge removed and set aside for later pick-up, the funding is not available since the removal of the bridge is construed as a "demolition" activity. If these demolition funds are used by the recipient, Federal law prohibits using any other Title 23 Federal transportation funds for the bridge in the future.

Therefore, applicants should consider if other programs might be more beneficial for their project. The applicant may use other Federal funds [other than demolition funds] to relocate bridges, such as Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) or Recreation Trails Program (RTP) funds, without incurring this limitation, see http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/144_2001.cfm.

Applicants should also be aware that “Buy America” provisions of Federal grants will apply, even for projects involving historic bridges. Waivers for the Buy America provisions can be obtained, but the process takes 6-12 months. This should be factored into projected schedules for grant timelines.

Bridge ownership will be transferred to the recipient and the new owner must assume all legal and financial responsibility for the structure.

The following bridges are available for reuse or relocation. Proposals for their reuse, or the reuse of individual spans of multi-span bridges, should be submitted to the contact listed on each individual bridge page by selecting a bridge below. Download the Proposal Checklist to assist in the preparation of your proposal.


Gillis Bridge, 321001.2

Gillis Bridge, Shelby County, 321001.2


Little Niangua River Bridge

Little Niangua River Bridge, S0391

Bridge Location  

County:  Shelby County, Missouri            

Road:   County Road 321

Feature Crossed:   Black Creek

Other Location Information:   4.5 miles southeast of Shelbyville

Structure Number or County Bridge Number:   Bridge No.  321001.2

Bridge Location  

County:  Camden County, Missouri            

Road:   Route J

Feature Crossed:   Little Niangua River

Other Location Information:   approx. 7.6 miles NE of Mack’s Creek

Structure Number or County Bridge Number:   Bridge No. S0391


Dug Hill Bridge

Dug Hill Bridge, J0521

Thayer Viaduct

Thayer Viaduct, H0289

Bridge Location  

County:  Madison County, Missouri            

Road:   Route C

Feature Crossed:   St. Francis River

Other Location Information:   approximately 2.5 miles west of Route N and 6 miles west of Highway 67

Structure Number or County Bridge Number:   Bridge No. J0521

Bridge Location  

County:  Oregon County, Missouri            

Road:   Route 19

Feature Crossed:   Two Mile Creek and BNSF Railroad

Other Location Information:  

Structure Number or County Bridge Number:   Bridge No. H0289


Little Black River Bridge

Little Black River Bridge, L0378


Bridge Location  

County:  Ripley County, Missouri            

Road:   Route 142

Feature Crossed:   Little Black River

Other Location Information:   approximately 1.25 miles north of Naylor

Structure Number or County Bridge Number:   Bridge No. L0378



Riverside Bridge

Riverside Bridge

East Medicine Creek Drainage Ditch Bridge

East Medicine Creek Drainage Ditch Bridge, P0956

Bridge Location  

County:  Christian County, Missouri            

Road:   County Road 209

Feature Crossed:   Finley Creek

Other Location Information:   One mile north of the City of Ozark

Structure Number or County Bridge Number:   209001.5

Bridge Location  

County:  Sullivan County, Missouri            

Road:   Route PP

Feature Crossed:   East Medicine Creek Drainage Ditch

Other Location Information:   approx. 0.25 miles east of Route 139 (Osgood)

Structure Number or County Bridge Number:   Bridge No. P0956



Gasconade River Bridge

Gasconade River Bridge, G0245

Center Creek Bridge

Center Creek Bridge, T0425

Bridge Location  

County:  Laclede County, Missouri            

Road:   Route I-44 Outer Road (Old Route 66)

Feature Crossed:   Gasconade River

Other Location Information:   Approx. 1.4 miles west of Hazelgreen and 13 miles east of Lebanon

Structure Number or County Bridge Number:   Bridge No. G0245

Bridge Location  

County:  Jasper County, Missouri            

Road:   Route D

Feature Crossed:   Center Creek

Other Location Information:   Approximately 1.5 miles southeast of Oronogo and 2 miles north of Webb City.

Structure Number or County Bridge Number:   Bridge No. T0425


Awaiting Relocation

McCarty Creek Bridge

McCarty Creek Bridge

Chester Bridge

Chester Bridge (L0135)

Bridge Location  

County:   Vernon           

Road:   Tyree Road

Feature Crossed:   McCarty Creek

Other Location Information:   Section 5, T34N – R29W, 2 miles northwest of Montevallo

Structure Number or County Bridge Number:   6570014

Bridge Location  

County:   Perry County, Missouri and Randolph County, Illinois            

Road:   Missouri Route 51, Illinois Route 151

Feature Crossed:   Mississippi River

Other Location Information:   Located at Chester, Illinois

Structure Number or County Bridge Number:   Bridge No. L0135

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