Free Bridges!

From MoDOT and our partners

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.

Funding

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.

Additional Information
  • 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.
Available Bridges

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.

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Historic Baker's Ford Bridge over Black Creek in Shelby County

Baker's Ford Bridge

Shelby County
County Road 321
crosses Black Creek
located 4.5 miles southeast of Shelbyville
Bridge No.321001.2

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Historic cable-stay bridge on the Little Niangua River

Little Niangua River Bridge

Camden County
Route J
crosses Little Niangua River
located approximately 7.6 miles NE of Mack’s Creek
Bridge No. S0391

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Historic Dug Hill Bridge over the St. Francois River

Dug Hill Bridge

Madison County
Route C 
crosses St. Francis River 
approximately 2.5 miles west of Route N and 6 miles west of Highway 67
Bridge No. J0521

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Historic Thayer Viaduct over Two Mile Creek and BNSF Railroad

Thayer Viaduct

Oregon County
Route 19
crosses Two Mile Creek and BNSF Railroad 
approximately 1.25 miles north of Naylor
Bridge No. H0289 

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Historic bridge over the Little Black River

Little Black River Bridge

Ripley County
Route 142 
crosses Little Black River 
approximately 1.25 miles north of Naylor
Bridge No. L0378

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Historic bridge over teh East Medicine Drainage Ditch in Sullivan County

East Medicine Creek Drainage Ditch Bridge

Sullivan County
Route PP 
crosses the East Medicine Creek Drainage Ditch 
approximately 0.25 miles east of Route 139 (Osgood)
Bridge No. P0956 

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Historic Route 66 Bridge over the Gasconade River.

Gasconade River Bridge

Laclede County        
Route I-44 Outer Road (Old Route 66)
crosses the Gasconade River
approximately 1.4 miles west of Hazelgreen and 13 miles east of Lebanon 
Bridge No. G0245

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Buck O'Neil

Buck O'Neil (Broadway) Bridge

Clay & Jackson Counties           
Route 169
crosses the Missouri River at Kansas City
Bridge No. A4649

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The Merchan't's Railroad Bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis.

Merchant's Bridge

St. Louis City        
crosses the Mississippi River

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Historic Chester Bridge over teh Mississippi River

Chester Bridge

Perry County, Missouri and Randolph County, Illinois             
Missouri Route 51, Illinois Route 151
crosses the Mississippi River
Located at Chester, Illinois
Bridge No. L0135

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This is a picture of the histroic pony truss bridge

Hunt Road Bridge

Jackson County
Hunt Road
Crosses Branch of the Sni A Bar Creek
4.5 miles south of Oak Grove, MO

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