Farmers and other residents in the St. Catharine area are now enjoying a more modern, pre-stressed concrete girder bridge that recently replaced the aging truss bridge that crossed Yellow Creek on Kayak Road just east of St. Catharine.
The old Pratt-type truss bridge that had been at that location on Yellow Creek since 1973 was the last functional truss bridge in Linn County.
Local contractor Bill Bowen remembers clearly when he and Dallas Jacobs (now deceased) hauled the disassembled 10-ton capacity truss bridge to its location on Yellow Creek where it was reassembled 40 years ago. Two years before that, in 1971, a new channel had been cut, which straightened Yellow Creek at that location.
“It took us 44 days to haul the old truss bridge down here from the County Yard,” relates Bowen. “It required three cranes to put the pieces in place. The Commissioners purchased it out of Oklahoma where it originally had a concrete deck.” The local contractor adds, “We retrofitted it for a wooden floor.”
The old truss bridge served St. Catharine area residents well for four decades until the Missouri Dept. of Transportation (MoDOT) gave it a ‘poor’ rating, which prompted the current Linn County Commission to start thinking about a replacement.