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the turn around road

The old Rock Church Road Bridge in Warren County Missouri in the city of Warrenton. This old truss bridge over the Big Creek was built in 1896 and was a joint effort by J.S. McCleary & Sons (Contractor) & Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri (Fabrication). It is still open to one lane traffic.

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Two-span through truss bridge over Big Creek on N. Rock Church Road east of MO 47
LocationWarren County, Missouri
Open to one-lane traffic
Built 1896 by J.S. McCleary & Sons
- J.S. McCleary & Sons (Contractor)
- Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri (Fabrication)

Two pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt through trusses
Length of largest span: 85.0 ft.
Total length: 169.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.3 ft.

Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.88459, -91.12857 (decimal degrees)
38°53'05" N, 91°07'43" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/662319/4305633 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 48 N., R. 2 W., Sec. 34
USGS topographic map
Hawk Point
Inventory numbers
MO 109-023000.5 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 12895 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22770 ( ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2008)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 18.8 (out of 100)

Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Image details
Image size
3872x2592px 6.82 MB
Shutter Speed
10/2000 second
Focal Length
18 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Apr 28, 2010, 12:39:11 PM
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Schroe03's avatar
Featured in [link] - IRON
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Thank you so much for featuring the photo!!
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This shot is awesome! I'm curious though, how did you get all the information on the bridge?
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Thanks for the kind words! There is a ton of information on the net on bridges but by far the best site I have found is [link]

They have a United States map on their front page, you select the state you are interested in and then it brings up a map of the state broken down by counties. You just select the county you want and brings up a pretty comeplete listing of current bridges and even bridges that are long gone. Not every listing has the comeplete information that this one did, but a lot of them do!
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That is so awesome and helpful. Thank you so much for that resource.
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You are welcome! It's an amazing site!
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Nice one, looks like theres something magical behind it.
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:) Thanks again for the kind words
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Your beautiful deviation has been picked as a part of the Best of August feature for Bridge Hunters [link]
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Your wonderful work has been featured here:
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Thank you so much!
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My Pleasure Scott! :D
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Excellent shot and the sepia's like the road to eternity...really fine work...
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Absolutely Brilliant Capture :clap:
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Your beautiful work has been featured in my journal!

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Thank you so much!
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That's it zombie road? I watched a documentary on it and it looks like an awesome place
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Not Zombie road.. That is in Wildwood, Missouri which is south east of this bridge. I forgot all about that place so thanks for reminding me! I have to go check it out again!
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ah okay...awesome
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