Rating:
5 votes

Diamond Creek Bridge

Photos 

This bridge spans Diamond Creek, not Gannon Creek. Gannon Creek is a tributary of Diamond Creek. The bridge is easily accessible from US 50.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in March 2006

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BH Photo #110928

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Two-span stone arch bridge over Diamond Creek, 1.5 mi. north and 0.4 mi. east of Elmdale
Location
Chase County, Kansas
Status
Open to pedestrians only
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 43.0 ft.
Total length: 91.8 ft.
Deck width: 13.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.39897, -96.63628   (decimal degrees)
38°23'56" N, 96°38'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/706412/4252728 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hymer
Inventory numbers
KS 000090895905205 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17526 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2015)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 18.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
20

Update Log 

  • September 24, 2017: Updated by Aaron Hall: Bridge is now closed to motor traffic, Sept. 2017.
  • July 18, 2017: New photos from Ron Reber
  • September 15, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 20, 2010: New photo from Mike LeMasters
  • March 19, 2010: New photo from Mike LeMasters
  • February 3, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Corrected stream name in Overview, Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • February 26, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Changed "Name" from "Gannon Creek Bridge" to "Diamond Creek Bridge" because the bridge spans Diamond Creek, not Gannon Creek.
  • February 3, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike LeMasters
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Ron Reber
  • Aaron Hall - ahall [at] vitaphone [dot] net

Comments 

Diamond Creek Bridge closed to vehicle traffic
Posted September 24, 2017, by Aaron Hall (ahall [at] vitaphone [dot] net)

I drove through here today and found a "Bridge Closed" sign and the road leading to the bridge is being overgrown. I'm sorry I don't have a better picture for documentation but I didn't notice that the bridge was still listed as fully open until I got home.

Diamond Creek Bridge
Posted February 13, 2012, by Doug

I had the pleasure of visiting this bridge this past Saturday while out Geocaching and I'm happy to say that all is well with it and it still looks just like the previous photos posted, minus the log jam. Well worth an out of the way trip to take a peak at.

Diamond Creek Bridge
Posted September 5, 2010, by bob gayle (notblueeyes [at] hotmail [dot] com)

having lit up diamond creek road for the better part of

a couple years back in the mid '70s with my black '64 chevy

i remember well that bridge.

it could be very treacherous in winter if there was ice on the approaches.

beautiful piece of chase county kansas history, happy to see pictures of it and that it is still in service.

Diamond Creek Bridge
Posted August 13, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just recieved word that Chase County chose to rehabilitate this bridge instead of demolishing it. Logjams may still be a concern after flooding, but this bridge is no longer in danger of demolition.

Perhaps a creative engineer could figure out how to minimize damage and maintenance costs caused by the logjams. This is one instance where a unique feature of the bridge (unequal arches) results in a drainage problem.

Diamond Creek Bridge
Posted March 19, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Glad to see some current photographs of this bridge. It is good to know that it is still standing and that the debris has been cleared from the stream bed.

Gannon Creek Bridge
Posted February 26, 2008, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Apparently, this bridge sustained damage in the May 2007 floods. Reportedly, in November of 2007, the county voted to demolish the bridge and replace it with a low water crossing. There is currently an attempt underway to list the bridge on the NRHP to make it elegible for Federal funding to repair or preserve it.