Historic Bridge--Menefee Ford Bridge, Ralls County

Menefee Ford Bridge, Ralls County, Bridge 2020020

Bridge Location

County: Ralls

Road: Indiana Lane

Feature Crossed: Lick Creek

Other Location Information: 1.5 m. south of Perry, MO

Bridge No.: 2020020

Bridge Information

Owner: Ralls County Commission

Type: 5-panel pin-connected Pratt pony truss

Length: 85' truss, 127' overall

Width: 10.3'

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

E-mail: mattw@psba.com

Phone: 573-406-0541

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.