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Meramec River Bridge

Route 66 State Park, Eureka, MO

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In 1931 Route 66 was rerouted going west out of St. Louis and this bridge was built to carry traffic over the Meramec River. It used a Warren deck truss design which is a uncommon in Missouri.

After a new eastbound bridge was built in 1956 to accommodate an increase in traffic this bridge carried westbound traffic on Route 66 until I-44 opened in 1968. After that it continued to carry local traffic until 2009.

In 2009 it was declared unsafe and was closed to traffic. In 2012 decking and and rails were removed. The future of the bridge is uncertain but plans are to hopefully have it restored to some degree.

This is the view of what's left of the bridge from the westbound lanes of I-44. This photo shows two of the three 130 foot truss spans and part of the third crossing the river itself. The bridge is about 1,009 feet long including approach spans and the deck was not quite 30 feet wide. Support for the bridge is provided by concrete piers and abutments.

Of course you can't stop on the freeway to take a photo, so we took this from a moving car. The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

Photo(s): 2017



x About Us We started traveling Historic U.S. Route 66 as a destination in 2009. It's like a 2,400 mile long drive back in time from Chicago to Santa Monica! more
xDid You Know: Many parts of the old 4 lane Route 66 were reverted to a 2 lane road after 66 was realigned to the interstate. In many places the abandoned lanes are still there.