Archive for Saturday, February 5, 2011

For sale: one Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge

February 5, 2011


— It has been in the family for generations, but federal and state officials are willing to say goodbye.

The heirloom is the 73-year-old Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge on U.S Highway 59.

The historic steel truss bridge spans the Missouri River from Atchison to Winthrop, Mo.

It is being replaced by a new bridge currently under construction.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is soliciting bids to relocate the old structure, which was first known as the Free Bridge, then the Mo-Kan Bridge. In 1997, its name was changed to the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge. The bridge is eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bidders may offer to relocate the entire 2,500-foot span or portions of it. The state will even provide up to $200,000 for relocation expenses.

“Technical difficulties and substantial costs should be anticipated,” a state news release on the project says.

The state is accepting relocation proposals until April 1. The new bridge is scheduled to be completed this fall, and the plan is to move the old bridge next year.

KDOT has a webcam on the bridge replacement project that shows the Earhart bridge plus construction of the new one at


H_Lecter 7 years, 3 months ago

Ship it to would be the perfect nowhere.

ksriver2010 7 years, 3 months ago

Why is the state helping out with $200K? Will it really have historic value if it is moved from its surroundings?

blindrabbit 7 years, 3 months ago

Leave it in place for a fishing pier for the migratory big headed carp.

Bobbie Ward-Hinds 7 years, 3 months ago

Great idea Wilbur because it is truly not suited to drive over. We drive it monthly on our way from IA to KS and it is a narrow, rough piece of road. Hate it, hate it, HATE IT.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 3 months ago

"In fact, Lawrence promotes itself on the Civil War but where are the homes of that era open for the public to visit?"

Umm, maybe Quantrill burned them?

Otherwise, there's the Murphy-Bromelsick house at Hobb's Park that was built just after the war. But that's the kind of house that working class people lived in, so I guess it doesn't count.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 3 months ago

Maybe you should offer up one of yours.

BTW, the house was moved because Val wanted it moved. And if the city wants to do something more with it than they are, it's on their property, and it's their call.

tomatogrower 7 years, 3 months ago

Hey, does anyone want to buy the Brooklyn bridge? I've got a great deal for ya. :>)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 3 months ago

"Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge"

Seems to me that it should be able to fly, shouldn't it?

guess_again 7 years, 3 months ago

Hey, someone in Arizona bought the London Bridge, right?

blindrabbit 7 years, 3 months ago

Send it to Nikumaroro Island in the South Pacific where Amelia's remains will likely be confirmed later this year. It would make a nice crossing of the 1/4 mile wide atoll. Few visitors expected though.

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