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1922 BridgeOld Route 66, Carthage
The bridge is located on old 66 about 1 mile west of the interchange with business I-49 . Hwy. 171.
GPS: 37.172852, -94.405980
The 1922 bridge had a total length of about 55 feet and a deck width of only 18.4 feet. That narrow width pretty much made it a one lane for modern trucks and RVs that can each be 8.5 feet wide. So two RVs passing on the bridge would have only about 1 foot between them and the mirrors would use that up.
The new bridge is probably about 6 or more feet wider than the old one, the most noticeable difference is the wide shoulders on the deck. Scroll back up the page to see the difference. Two RVs or trucks should be able to pass with ease now.
Photo(s) 2013, 2017