12th Street Bridge

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12th Street Kansas River Bridge
Coordinates39°04′24″N 94°38′24″W / 39.0733°N 94.6401°W / 39.0733; -94.6401Coordinates: 39°04′24″N 94°38′24″W / 39.0733°N 94.6401°W / 39.0733; -94.6401
Carries2 lanes of 12th Street
CrossesKansas River
LocaleKansas City, Kansas
Maintained byWyCo Unified Government[citation needed]
DesignDeck Truss (first bridge), Thru-Truss (second bridge,) Girder (current bridge)
Opened1909 (first bridge), 1930 (second bridge), 2000 (third and current bridge)

The 12th Street Bridge is an automobile crossing of the Kansas River in Kansas City, Kansas.


The 12th Street Bridge dates back to the early 1900s, when it was an iron bridge.[1] Swept away by a 1903 flood, it was rebuilt at the cost of $75,000.[1] A judge ordered the bridge rebuilt again in 1923 and it was reopened April 22, 1926.[1]

A 1940 fire damaged the center span of the bridge and its wooden floor fell into the river.[1] In about a year, it reopened after being rebuilt.[1]

In 2000, the thru-truss was removed and replaced with a girder, due to problems with the substructure. It is just west of the 7th Street Trafficway Bridge, and east of the 18th Street Expressway Bridge over the Kansas River.


  1. ^ a b c d e "12th St. Bridge's history long," Kansas City Kansan, July 14, 1985, at Kansas City Public Library Website Archived 2011-04-26 at the Wayback Machine (accessed December 22, 2013).