Chouteau Bridge

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Chouteau Bridge
Official name Chouteau Bridge
Carries 4 lanes of Route 269 (Chouteau Trafficway )
Crosses Missouri River
Locale Kansas City, Missouri
Maintained by MoDOT
ID number 12102
Design Girder
Opened 2002
Coordinates 39°08′44″N 94°32′02″W / 39.14556°N 94.53389°W / 39.14556; -94.53389Coordinates: 39°08′44″N 94°32′02″W / 39.14556°N 94.53389°W / 39.14556; -94.53389
Chouteau Bridge in 1896

The Chouteau Bridge is a four-lane girder bridge on Route 269 across the Missouri River between Jackson County, Missouri and Clay County, Missouri. The bridge is named for Francois Chouteau who was a member of the Chouteau fur trapping family and is considered the first permanent settler in Kansas City.

There have been two bridges that have carried the name Chouteau Bridge. The first bridge was a three span Whipple Truss bridge, built in 1887, and was the second bridge over the Missouri River in the Kansas City, Missouri area. In the beginning it was a railroad bridge built and used by The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, or also known as the "Milwaukee Road". Upon the completion and opening of the Harry S. Truman Bridge downstream, the Chouteau was converted to vehicular use in 1951. The bridge was very narrow, and in the latter years was often closed because of accidents, and due to low weight issues, when it was reduced to 3 tons, it was closed permanently, and removed by implosion in 2001. It was the oldest bridge on the river when it was demolished. In 2001, a new span was built a few yards upstream of the old span. The north end of the bridge is near the entrance for the Harrah's Casino.

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