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Whitewater River Bridge


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Stringer bridge over Whitewater River on Local 29n6-23-4
Butler County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1922
Length of largest span: 32.2 ft.
Total length: 33.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.02839, -97.01375   (decimal degrees)
38°01'42" N, 97°00'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/674328/4210827 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
KS 000080855605720 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 73035 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2015)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 48.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)

Update Log 

  • August 1, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Whitewater River (Kansas)"


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • KHRI - Kansas Historical Resources Inventory.


Whitewater River Bridge
Posted January 4, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The KHRI listed this bridge in December of 2016. The bridge rests on limestone abutments. For all intents and purposes, the Whitewater River marks the western edge of the Flint Hills; a region rich with limestone. I suspect that these stone abutments once supported a pony truss, but I cannot say that for certain.

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Whitewater River Bridge
Posted August 2, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Thanks for the input. I have been suspecting that this is a concrete through girder, although as you say, one needs to look underneath to know for certain.

I have also noticed that the NBI may, or may not, list these properly, so it is good to have confirmation that this is a common issue.

I must also give credit to Sheldon here. He was the one who first brought these local bridges to the attention of us Bridgehunters after he found a couple nearby examples over the Little Arkansas and Whitewater Rivers.

Whitewater River Bridge
Posted August 1, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Awesome... I agree bridges like this one are worthy of listing particularly because I am fairly certain this one is actually a concrete thru girder. It at least looks identical to thru girders I saw in Kansas and also in other states. This structure type is very typically improperly listed in NBI. If you visit and look underneath: both a solid concrete slab underneath implies integral floorbeams within the deck (achieved by rebar arrangement), or articulated floorbeams (visible transverse beams under bridge) suggest a girder design. A concrete stringer or t-beam will have longitudinal stringers... moreover stringer bridges would be expected to have average width railings... note how thick these "railings" are implying structural function. Similarly a simple concrete slab can be distinguished from girders by having average width railings... not hulking masses of concrete.

Whitewater River Bridge
Posted August 1, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Butler County has a large number of WWI Era Concrete Stringer and Tee-Beam bridges. The bulk of them date from about 1910 through the 1920s. While they may not be as visually interesting as the wrought iron and stone arch bridges for which the county is known, I have tried to add a few of the oldest ones, especially those that maintain good historical integrity.