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Cedar Vale Bridge



Photo taken by Richard With

BH Photo #103032


A two span Marsh arch over the Caney River located about mile east of Cedar Vale, on old highway US 166, was built in 1930. This bridge is still being used and it provides access to Cedar Vale from the East. It is 291.9 feet long, with a deck width of 20.0 feet; the length of the longest span is 291.9 feet. It was constructed by J. S. Vance & Sons of Parsons, Kansas.

From the City of Cedar Vale site linked below


Two-span Marsh arch bridge over Caney River on Old US 166, east of Cedar Vale
Chautauqua County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1930
- J.S. Vance & Son of Parsons, Kansas
Concrete through arch
Length of largest span: 140.1 ft.
Total length: 291.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.10608, -96.48395   (decimal degrees)
37°06'22" N, 96°29'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/723576/4109602 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cedar Vale East
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
KS 000100911306985 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17540 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 50.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 3, 2017: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • January 16, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Caney River"
  • October 19, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Marsh arch (standard)"
  • September 4, 2013: New photos from David Backlin
  • December 7, 2012: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Name and Overview. Cedar Vale is two words.
  • December 7, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added description and link to Cedar Vale site
  • January 26, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Made slight adjustment to GPS Coordinates.
  • June 10, 2007: Posted photo from Richard With


  • Richard With - withrg [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Cedar Vale Attractions - City of Cedar Vale web site
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Cedarvale Bridge
Posted August 19, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the info Ralene. Any information concerning the history, or future plans for the bridge would certainly be welcome.

Cedarvale Bridge
Posted August 18, 2009, by Ralene Davis (classteacher [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Just came from a historical society meeting in Cedar Vale in which we discussed this bridge. Thanks for the information you provided on this website about 'our' bridge!

Cedarvale Bridge
Posted August 1, 2007, by Glenda Campbell (bulldoggrrl2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A little different shot - from the southwest.

Second shot, looking straight on from the south.

A wonderful bridge.