Rating:
7 votes

US 69 over E. National Avenue Bridge

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Overview
Concrete slab bridge over E. National Avenue on Southbound US 69 / K-7 in Fort Scott
Location
Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic above and below
History
Built 1967
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 57.1 ft.
Total length: 146.0 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.82140, -94.70429   (decimal degrees)
37°49'17" N, 94°42'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/350000/4187366 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fort Scott
Inventory numbers
KDOT 0006-B0015 (Kansas Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 47316 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2015)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 80.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
5,950

Update Log 

  • January 9, 2011: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • December 15, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Corrected GPS
  • December 15, 2010: Added by Sheldon Wiens

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Fort Scott Bridge
Posted June 23, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I wouldn't worry about it Sheldon.......That was posted over 6 months ago, and it's been pretty quiet since then.....

Fort Scott Bridge
Posted December 15, 2010, by John Wilder

There are lots of unfinished ramps of interchanges out there, for example one in Seattle on 520 near Lake Washington. It was for a north-south freeway that never materialized due to "Freeway Fatigue" a sort of Northwest backlash that occurred in the late 1960s and early 70s that killed many projects in Seattle and Portland. NIMBYism too.

Fort Scott Bridge
Posted December 15, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks to David Backlin for doing some research on this one! Now we have our answer.

Fort Scott Bridge
Posted December 15, 2010, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

According to Scott Nuzum, the extra lanes were to be part of a highway interchange at US 69 and E. National, but the exit was never built.

So while the bridge itself is not historic, it is of some interest to the Roadgeek community due to the abandoned interchange.

Fort Scott Bridge
Posted December 15, 2010, by Just Stop Wiener I Mean Wiens:

There are many explainations for the railings none of which make it historic.

1) The bridge was designed for future growth but all they lanes aren't needed now so they put the inside rails to direct traffic for now.

2) Also there may be a new ramp or future projects planned and once completed they will remove the inside railing

Either way at least you had a reason, although not very good one to post this. I give you a 3 ou of 100. That's an improvement from the other million bridges you post which are 0 out of 100.

Fort Scott Bridge
Posted December 15, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sheldon:

I have wondered the same thing while driving across this bridge. I don't have an answer, but perhaps the road was re-aligned slightly and the bridge was widened.

Fort Scott Bridge
Posted December 15, 2010, by Sheldon Wiens (sheldon_wiens77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There's something funny about this bridge. This is why I'm going to count it as historic. It has four railings on top. Wonder why?