Historic Bridge - East Medicine Creek Bridge

East Medicine Creek Drainage Ditch Bridge, Sullivan County, Route PP

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Bridge Location

County: Sullivan
Road: Route PP 
Feature Crossed: East Medicine Creek Drainage Ditch 
Other Location Information: approximately 0.25 miles east of Route 139 (Osgood)
Structure Number or County Bridge Number: Bridge No. P0956 

Bridge Information 

Owner: MoDOT
Type: seven panel Pratt pony truss 
Length:  255’ total length: 63’ steel girder span, 128’ pony truss, and 63’ steel girder span
Width: 14’6” roadway 
Year Built: 1955 (reconstruction)
Builder: Callihan & Wallmar, and Carl Partin (1955 reconstruction); original fabricator unknown 
Current Load Rating: The bridge is weight restricted—trucks over 8 tons 15 MPH on bridge, except single unit trucks weight limit 11 tons; other trucks limited to 20 tons 
History of Modifications, Rehabilitations, etc.: in 1955 the truss was reused and new approach spans were constructed to extend the length of the bridge
Other Comments: The bridge carries one-lane of traffic 

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

Bridge P0956 over the East Medicine Creek Drainage Ditch is a 128’ seven-panel Pratt pony truss with a 63’ steel girder approach span on each end. The bridge has metal pile bents with concrete caps and concrete abutments. The approach spans have steel girders, concrete deck and curbs and asphalt wearing surface. The truss span has a wood deck and curbs with asphalt wearing surface. The bridge has angle rails.

The bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under criteria A and C for local significance in transportation and engineering.

MoDOT’s Historic Preservation Section is now accepting proposals for the relocation and reuse of the bridge or its components until December 31, 2018. A proposal checklist is available MoDOT’s Free Bridges website (http://www.modot.org/freebridges/). Preservation covenants may accompany the bridge.