SIKESTON – The historic Route 75 bridge over Drainage Ditch #14 in Mississippi County is available for relocation and reuse by others. Any interested party is encouraged to submit a proposal no later than Dec. 31, 2021 to the Missouri Department of Transportation Historic Preservation Section to obtain the structure.
Slated for replacement, this bridge can be obtained by government entities, historical or civic groups, or private citizens, free of charge. Details about the bridge can be viewed online at www.modot.org/freebridges. Anyone interested in obtaining a historic bridge must submit a detailed proposal describing the dismantling and relocation plan, cost and future use. A proposal checklist is available online.
The Route 75 bridge is a rigid-connected, seven-panel, Warren alternating verticals pony truss with built up top and bottom chords and inclined end posts. There are I-beam stringers supporting the concrete deck. The deck has a 20-foot roadway and curbs and drains. The bridge has two-tier channel railings. The structure is located 1 mile west of Anniston, Missouri.
The bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under criterion A for its association with the development of the Little River Drainage District (LRDD), the transportation system relationship to the LRDD and the evolution of requirements of the LRDD.