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West Branch Whitewater River Bridge

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over West Branch Whitewater River, 2.5 mi. west and 1.4 mi. north of Towanda
Location
Butler County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1928
Design
Skewed Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 207.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.81778, -97.04389   (decimal degrees)
37°49'04" N, 97°02'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/672173/4187399 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Benton
Inventory numbers
KS 000080853006006 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17514 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2016)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 64.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
50

Update Log 

  • July 30, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Fence guardrail"
  • July 12, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Category Whitewater River (Kansas)
  • October 17, 2012: Updated by Sheldon Wiens: corrected name
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link.
  • January 15, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Name and Crosses.

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Sheldon Wiens
  • KSHS PDF

Comments 

West Branch Whitewater River Bridge
Posted June 9, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I should add that the NBI lists it as NR Possible...

West Branch Whitewater River Bridge
Posted June 9, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just attached the updated KSHS PDF for this bridge. It includes a couple photographs from earlier this year. The bridge is still listed as not eligible for the NRHP, although, this decision might have been made back in the 1980s, when there were a lot more truss bridges around than today.

I would not be surprised if this bridge could be found eligible today.

Whitewater River Bridge
Posted January 16, 2010, by Cliff D (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

If you have the most recent version of Google Earth, you can go to the "View" menu and click "Historic Imagery" and a slider will appear allowing you to view older (and sometimes newer!) imagery of a locatin, provided satelite imagery exists.

Googgle Earth will use the clearest / sharpest image, not always the newest. The "Default" image for my neighborhood and surrounding area is 2005... but there are several newer images availble up to 2007.

Whitewater River Bridge
Posted January 16, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My assumption that the bridge was lost was based on the fact that the aerial views on Terraserver and Google Earth did not appear to show a truss bridge. This is likely due to the color of the truss (silver instead of rust), and the fact that the bridge does not appear to be significantly narrower then the road.

I think that the Street View imagery should be the most recent, so this is an encouraging sign

Whitewater River Bridge
Posted January 15, 2010, by Tom (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

Wow, thatís cool! Itís amazing what can be done with modern technology.

All we need now is to be able to hop over the side so we can see whatís underneath!

Robert, Iíve tracked down bridges before using Google earth only to get there and find out it had been replaced a year or more prior to my arrival. Iím not sure how often the images used are updated, but some areas seem to be quite old. So your assumption that the bridge may not exist could very well be true. Though, I think that being as this one shows up on Street View thereís a better chance that itís still there. Lets hope so anyway.

Whitewater Creek Bridge
Posted January 15, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have updated this bridge page based on Google Earth Street View. Being able to "drive" across this bridge via Street View was a pleasant surprise as I had assumed that this bridge was lost. Perhaps I should stop assuming!