Grand Glaise Bridge Glaize River MO

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Grand Glaise Bridge Glaize River MO

  • To esthetically enhance the height of the bridge, the designers decided to erect the spans with the supporting trusses below the highway deck–an arrangement known as a deck truss. This would place the roadway some seventy feet above the lake level, and afford an unimpeded view of the tributary–and it could be done without reducing the load capacity of the bridge. Both the Niangua and Hurricane Deck Bridges, built some six years later, would feature similar designs, but since the Grand Glaize structure was the first high span in the area, it acquired the nickname of the Upside Down Bridge.
  • The bridge on official maps is called the “Grandglaize” (one word) as is the body of water it crosses to differentiate it from an entirely different Grand Glaize Creek that is a tributary to the Meramec River in St. Louis County, Missouri. However, in widespread usage, it is referred to as so in two words.

    The original two-lane Grand Glaize Bridge was built in 1931 during the construction of Bagnell Dam and the Lake of the Ozarks. It was a Warren truss or deck truss structure with the trusses built under the deck so traffic could see the lake. Its unusual design prompted it to be called the “upside down bridge”. Other bridges built across the lake at the time including the Hurricane Deck Bridge over the Osage Arm and the Niangua Bridge over the Niangua Arm were also deck truss structures. The only non-deck truss bridge on the lake was the Niangua Arm US 54 Bridge. The bridge was known for its very narrow lanes and no shoulder.

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