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Unnamed Creek Bridge

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Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over an unnamed creek, 0.1 mi. south and 1.0 mi. west of Powhattan
Location
Brown County, Kansas
Status
Closed to all traffic
Design
Pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 35.1 ft.
Total length: 36.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.75898, -95.65793   (decimal degrees)
39°45'32" N, 95°39'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/272309/4404385 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
KS 000070999003327 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17454 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 1999)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 16.90 (out of 100)

Categories 

Brown County, Kansas (90)
Closed (2,409)
Kansas (2,705)
Owned by county (18,855)
Pony truss (15,050)
Span length 25-50 feet (13,587)
Structurally deficient (18,442)
Total length 25-50 feet (9,861)
Truss (29,444)
Wooden deck (5,862)

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Found the bridge. This one still exists.

Sources 

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

Comments 

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted April 27, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, that is too bad, but it is his right as a property owner to keep people off his land. All you can do is say, "thanks anyway".

I completely understand how some property owners might have initial suspicions about Bridgehunters like us wanting to have a look at their bridge. My family owns land and we do occasionally get requests from people wanting to hunt, fish, or just go hiking. When you have land people will ask to visit and As a landowner, you have a right to approve or deny their request.

That being said, all privately owned bridges will someday collapse without maintenance. It might be a hundred years from now or it might be next week. Either way, a collapse always results in the loss of a historic bridge and an expensive and time-consuming environmental cleanup. What do you call a bridge that just collapsed? A dam! Every unstable bridge has the potential to become an unstable dam. As far as I'm concerned, preventing this problem is a no-brainer. This is especially true as many counties have pawned off these bridges as liabilities to the landowners. To me, it would make perfectly good sense to turn these liabilities into assets.

I always welcome any opportunity to work with a landowner to prevent his or her bridge from becoming a dam. But, if the landowner is not interested then that is their choice and I will always respect it.

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted April 27, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Contacted property owner about visiting this one, it was his thought that there is no need for anyone to ever visit or even know of its existence since it is on private property and should never be seen by others ever again...respecting his privacy of course but I bet this one is pretty special, satellite images show a neat little bridge