Menefee Ford Bridge, Ralls County, Bridge 2020020
Road: Indiana Lane
Feature Crossed: Lick Creek
Other Location Information: 1.5 m. south of Perry, MO
Bridge No.: 2020020
Owner: Ralls County Commission
Type: 5-panel pin-connected Pratt pony truss
Length: 85' truss, 127' overall
Year Built: 1911
Current Load Rating: 7 tons
History of Modifications, rehabilitations, etc.: Fair original condition
For further information contact
Name: Matthew Walker
Organization: Poepping, Stone, Bach & Assoc.
Address: P. O. Box 190, Hannibal, MO 63401
Narrative Description and Significance
Bridge No. 2020020 (Menefee Ford Bridge) over Lick Creek is a steel 5-panel, pin-connected Pratt pony truss with steel stringer approach spans and concrete abutments and concrete-filled steel cylinder piers. Main span length is 85’ and total length is 127’ with a 10.3’ width. The bridge was constructed in 1911 by the Stupp Brothers Bridge and Iron Company of St. Louis, Missouri. The bridge is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places as a well-preserved, long-span example of a mainstay structural type. The bridge retains integrity and eligibility for listing on the NRHP.
Ralls County is now accepting proposals for the relocation and reuse of the bridge or its components until March 31, 2020. A proposal checklist is available on MoDOT’s Free Bridges website (http://www.modot.org/freebridges/). Preservation covenants may accompany the bridge.