90 year old bridge fails inspection in downtown Joplin, now closed indefinitely

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◽️ Built in 1929, it’s been deteriorating looking at annual inspections.  ◽️ $2.3 million to replace it according to estimates.  ◽️ Gov Parsons was in Joplin Feb 1 talking about replacing 250 bridges across the state, but we couldn’t find this one on the list    ◽️ The bridge is closed to foot traffic as well according to signage. 
(64801) — The Pennsylvania Ave Bridge (Viaduct) has been continually deteriorating ranking “poor” in main categories during annual inspections which traditionally occur in February each year.

A source told us that during the annual inspection yesterday the bridge failed. And it is now closed indefinitely.  

We were alerted through a tipster who saw concrete barriers going up.

February 1 Governor Parsons was in Joplin on S Rangeline Road talking about bridges and his plan to replace 250 bridges.  “Our bold proposal will allow us to begin immediate work on these bridge projects identified by local communities and planning organizations as most in need of critical repair or replacement,” Governor Parson stated.

“Additionally, it will enable us to deliver additional high-priority transportation projects statewide using the funding already dedicated to these bridges.”

It’s not thought the Pennsylvania Ave bridge is on that list of 250.  We talked with Lynn Onstot from the city of Joplin after our live broadcast and she confirmed the Pennsylvania Bridge is not on the Governor’s list.  However the South Rangeline Bridge over the Kansas City Southern Railroad near Sutherland’s is slated to be replaced.  

Onstot went on to say regarding this closure with the Pennsylvania Ave Bridge there wasn’t a plan necessarily in place because the bridge just failed inspection.  However she noted what David Hertzberg told her in a media release, “This is an older bridge in Joplin, and we are closing it for structural reasons,” Hertzberg is Joplin’s Director of Public Works.

“Safety of our citizens is a top priority. We appreciate the public’s understanding of this closure.”

CLICK to view latest inspection numbers from National Bridge Inventory

CLICK to view Gov Parson’s highlights from his visit to Joplin and his thoughts on replacing 250 bridges across the state with MODOT.

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