Historic Bridge-Billies Creek Bridge, G0505

Bridge Location

County: Lawrence

Road: Route 266

Feature Crossed: Billies Creek

Other Location Information: West of Halltown

Bridge Information

Owner: Missouri Department of Transportation

Type: Pratt Pony Truss

Length: 57'

Year Built: 1923

Current Load Rating: 25 tons except single unit tandem rear axle trucks 15 tons

For further information, contact

Name: Ashley N. Porter, Intermediate Historic Preservation Specialist

Organization: Missouri Department of Transportation

Address: P. O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102

E-mail: Ashley.Porter@modot.mo.gov

Phone: 573-526-7907

The Billies Creek Bridge (G0505) is a 5-panel riveted Pratt pony truss built in 1923. The truss is 57’ in length and 20’ wide. The bridge sits above a concrete deck with asphalt wearing surface and concrete abutments.

Billies Creek Bridge is a standard pony truss plan for the Missouri State Highway Department in 1923. The bridge was constructed by Baker & Koontz from Carthage, Missouri. The bridge was constructed on Route 14. Route 14 became U.S. 66 in 1926 and the Route 266 in 1962.

The bridge is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places under criteria C, as an early example of a standard design and engineering of a pony truss on the Missouri State Highway System.

MoDOT’s Historic Preservation Section is now accepting proposals for the relocation and reuse of the bridge or its components until August 10, 2020. A proposal checklist is available MoDOT’s Free Bridges website (http://www.modot.org/freebridges/). Preservation covenants may accompany the bridge.