Boonslick Bridge from southeast in
The Boonslick Bridge
is a series of girder bridges
on U.S. Route 40, Route 5 and Route 87 across the Missouri River between Cooper County, Missouri and Howard County, Missouri at Boonville, Missouri. It is named for Nathan Boone (rather than his
father Daniel Boone which is popularly
reported), who built a road between St. Louis, Missouri and a salt lick just
northwest of the bridge, which was the first departure location on
the Santa Fe Trail.
The bridge also has a segregated pedestrian and bicycle path.
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 wide. The earlier bridge was long with a
approach in Cooper County and approach in Howard County. Three of
its spans were and three were .