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Carries MO 92 / K-92
Crosses Missouri River
Locale Leavenworth, Kansas to Missouri
Design Through arch bridge
Total length 2,571.2 feet
Longest span 419.8 feet
Coordinates 39°19′47″N 94°54′30″W / 39.32972°N 94.90833°W / 39.32972; -94.90833Coordinates: 39°19′47″N 94°54′30″W / 39.32972°N 94.90833°W / 39.32972; -94.90833
The Centennial Bridge is a through arch bridge road bridge over the Missouri River connecting Leavenworth, Kansas and Platte County, Missouri. Constructed in 1955, it was initially a toll bridge. The bridge opened in 1955, a year after Leavenworth celebrated its centennial as the first city incorporated in Kansas. It is a two-span arch bridge connecting K-92 and Missouri Route 92. Its main span is 419.8 feet with a total length of 2,571.2 feet. During the construction a spur of Route 45 called the "Leavenworth cutoff" was built to speed traffic to Kansas City, Missouri. The two-mile spur is still maintained by the city of Leavenworth even though the highway is in Missouri.
Resurface construction began on May 2, 2011 which allowed for one-lane-at-a-time crossing of the bridge. Construction was expected to extend until early December, 2011 at a cost to MoDOT of approximatley $4 million and includes some structural member replacement, resurfacing and re-painting. However, on July 1, 2011, the construction was suspended indefinitely in reaction to increased traffic congestion in the area due the 2011 Missouri River floods. Both lanes of the bridge were subsequently opened for normal two-way traffic.