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Stouts Creek Bridge


Rte. 72 Bridge- Stouts Creek Bridge

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Bridge Location  
County: Iron
Road: Route 72
Feature Crossed: Stouts Creek
Other Location Information: approximately 2.25 miles east of the junction of Route 21
Structure Number or County Bridge Number: Bridge No. H0393
Bridge Information
Owner: Missouri Department of Transportation
Type: Open Spandrel Concrete Arch
Length: 122' total length
Width: 20' curb-to-curb; 22' 11" deck width
Year Built: 1928
Builder: Republic Concrete Construction Co., Republic, MO
Current Load Rating: Truck weight limit 38 tons, except single until tandem rear axle trucks 21 tons   
History of Modifications, Rehabilitations, etc.: None
Other Comments:  
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 Stouts Creek Bridge is a single-span, two-rib, open-spandrel concrete arch constructed in 1928, it has a total length of 122’. The bridge has “U” type abutments, columns with grooves, two ribs with spandrel bents and rib-struts. The bridge has a concrete deck with an asphalt wearing surface. A concrete balustrade railing, with posts over the columns is located on each side of the bridge.


The bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under criterion A and C for local significance in engineering, transportation and recreation. The bridge served as a vital link of the highway connecting the St. Louis area with the Arcadia Valley. It was located at the “shut-ins” of Stouts Creek, just above Lake Killarney. Because of the aesthetics of the area, an arch bridge was utilized for the location.


MoDOT’s Historic Preservation Section is now accepting proposals for reuse of the bridge in place until December 31, 2016. A proposal checklist is available MoDOT’s Free Bridges website (http://www.modot.org/freebridges/). Preservation covenants may accompany the bridge.

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