Pictured is an inspector on the St. Francisville bridge earlier this month.
Certified rope instructors were "hangin' out" on the St. Francisville bridge earlier this month to perform a fracture critical inspection. "This detailed inspection was recommended due to a previous general inspection I performed earlier in the year," said MoDOT Northeast District Off-System Bridge Inspector Skip Wilson. "It was pretty cool to watch several of them dangling from the bridge, all the while looking for structural issues," he added. The truss portions of the 763 feet long bridge over the Des Moines River between Missouri and Iowa were inspected. All climbing was performed by certified rope access inspectors out of Reno, Nevada.
The initial findings are that the truss is in fair to good general overall conditions for a bridge built in 1937. No significant fracture critical concerns were discovered.
The bridge is owned by the Wayland Special Road District in Clark County. Until the replacement bridges on MO Route 27 were opened in 2008, this served as the main river crossing from Missouri Route B to Iowa U.S. 218.