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Mo. 61 Bridge- Historic Hughes Creek Bridge

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Bridge Location  
County: Cape Girardeau
Road: Route 61
Feature Crossed: Hughes Creek
Other Location Information: Just south of Old Appleton
Structure Number or County Bridge Number: Bridge No. G0028
Bridge Information
Owner: MoDOT
Type: Warren Pony Truss
Length: 158 feet
Width: 21 feet 11 inches
Year Built: truss built 1922 and relocated in 1936
Builder: Koss Const. Co., Des Moines, Ia.
Current Load Rating: 21 Tons
History of Modifications, Rehabilitations, etc.: Truss relocated in 1936, approach spans constructed 1936
Other Comments: 40 degree skew
For further information, interested parties
may contact:
Name: Karen Daniels, Sr. Historic Preservation Specialist
Organization Missouri Department of Transportation 
Address: MoDOT Design Division, Historic Preservation Section, P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65101
E-Mail: Karen.daniels@modot.mo.gov
Phone: 573-526-7346

Narrative Description:

The Hughes Creek Bridge is located on U. S. 61 south of the community of Old Appleton. The bridge is 158 feet long with a 21 foot roadway and a 40 degree skew. The bridge has a 60 foot long Warren pony truss main span, and one 45-foot I-beam approach span on each end.  The pony truss rests on concrete piers. The bridge has a two-piece channel rail on each side.


The Hughes Creek Bridge is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places as an early example of State Highway Department standard truss design and as an example of the reuse of trusses as the highway system developed in the 1920s and 1930s. MoDOT's Historic Preservation Section is now accepting proposals for the relocation and reuse of the bridge or its components until June 2, 2014. A proposal checklist is attached. Preservation covenants may accompany the bridge.



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