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I 35 & NE 130th "Tornado Bridge"

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Description 

Just one of many nondescript bridges over the Kansas Turnpike. However, this one does have some "historical" significance. This bridge was made "infamous" when people hid under it during the 1991 Andover, Kansas Tornado. Many people after seeing this foolishly believed that a bridge was a safe shelter during a tornado. Never seek shelter under bridges during a tornado --

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=safety-overpass

Video of the tornado -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDI3qdqabbE

Facts 

Overview
Girder bridge over I-35 on Road
Location
Butler County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
Design
Girder
Also called
AKA "Tornado Bridge"
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.01385, -96.67582   (decimal degrees)
38°00'50" N, 96°40'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/704031/4209900 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cassoday
Inventory number
BH 58320 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Butler County, Kansas (115)
Girder (7,952)
Have street view (22,077)
Interstate 35 (16)
Kansas (2,702)
Open (36,571)
Owned by state (13,675)

Update Log 

  • October 7, 2013: Added by Kelly McClanahan

Sources 

  • Kelly McClanahan

Comments 

I 35 & NE 130th "Tornado Bridge"
Posted May 22, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I remember watching the news reports at the time. This was a very complex system that produced multiple tornadoes. It took me awhile to figure out what was going on.

I 35 & NE 130th "Tornado Bridge"
Posted May 22, 2017, by mtygard

My Bad....My previous post was incorrect and you are correct!

Tumbleweed road was where the main Andover tornado crossed the Turnpike. The overpass tornado was an ancillary tornado from the Andover storm complex.

I 35 & NE 130th "Tornado Bridge"
Posted May 22, 2017, by mtygard

My Bad....My previous post was incorrect and you are correct!

Tumbleweed road was where the main Andover tornado crossed the Turnpike. The overpass tornado was an ancillary tornado from the Andover storm complex.

I 35 & NE 130th "Tornado Bridge"
Posted May 4, 2016, by mtygard (mtygard [dot] surgimesh [at] gmail [dot] com)

You are incorrect...this bridge is way to far north, the tornado never reached here...it died out just west of El Dorado Lake. The actual bridge was Tumbleweed Rd. much farther to the south on the turnpike, just northwest of the town of Andover.

I 35 & NE 130th "Tornado Bridge"
Posted October 9, 2013, by Kelly McClanahan

I was hesitant about posting this bridge. After all it is a UCB to some respects, and one of a many along the Kansas Turnpike. As I said, it is a rather nondescript, ordinary bridge, and there is nothing particularly unique or special about it. However, this bridge -- or rather the video associated with it -- has led to people being killed (among other bridges). If anything, I hope to make people aware that taking shelter under a bridge is never a good idea when it come to trying to escape a tornado.

I 35 & NE 130th "Tornado Bridge"
Posted October 8, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Memorable video starring an ordinary bridge.