The bridge also has a segregated pedestrian and bicycle path. The Katy Trail State Park diverts from its railbed alignment to cross the Missouri River on this bridge, as the nearby MKT Bridge is unrenovated. The bridge, which opened in 1995, replaced a six-span truss bridge built in 1924 that was 19 feet (5.8 m) wide. The earlier bridge was 2,100 feet (640 m) long with a 584-foot (178 m) approach in Cooper County and 500-foot (150 m) approach in Howard County. Three of its spans were 420 feet (130 m) and three were 280 feet (85 m).