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Hegwald Bridge

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Riveted Warren pony truss with verticals.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in February 2008

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Overview
Pony truss bridge over Owl Creek, 3.4 mi. west of Humboldt
Location
Allen County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1909
Builder
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 61.0 ft.
Total length: 64.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.4 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.81144, -95.49200   (decimal degrees)
37°48'41" N, 95°29'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/280633/4187819 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Humboldt
Inventory numbers
KS 000011019806006 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17334 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2012)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 17.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
30

Update Log 

  • November 27, 2013: New photos from Randy Rasa
  • March 1, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • September 15, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Builders
  • February 28, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"
  • February 5, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Randy Rasa

Comments 

Owl Creek Bridge
Posted November 27, 2013, by Randy Rasa (rasarandy [at] gmail [dot] com)

It seems this bridge is doomed.

From an article in the Iola Register (behind a paywall) Jan 31, 2013:

"The fate of the Hegwald Bridge, or county bridge 2.8-P.6, in Humboldt has been decided. It will be demolished and replaced.

The bridge, which crosses Owl Creek west of Chanute, is eligible for Kansas Department of Transportation funding. The county will pay 20 percent of the total cost of the construction, and KDOT will pay the remaining 80 percent. According to KDOT, any bridge that receives a sufficiency rating of 50 or lower on the 100-point scale is eligible for funding ó the Hegwald bridge rated at 17.9."

And from August 28, 2013:

"See it before itís gone: Allen County crews are removing the 'Hegwald Bridge' west of Humboldt. The $694,933.50 project to replace the bridge will most likely take place at the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014, said Bill King, director of public works."

As of November 27, 2013, the bridge is still in place, with no signs of impending demolition.