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Spring Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder in November 2008


BH Photo #128547



Pony truss bridge over Spring Creek on 20th Road, 2.0 mi. north of Clay Center
Clay County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1940; rehabilitated 1970
Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 96.1 ft.
Total length: 100.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.40831, -97.13242   (decimal degrees)
39°24'30" N, 97°07'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/660789/4363753 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Clay Center NW
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
KS 000140841803820 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17588 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 92 (out of 100)
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Built during 1940s (3,899)
Clay County, Kansas (41)
Kansas (3,052)
Open (38,212)
Owned by county (20,051)
Pony truss (15,694)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,176)
Total length 100-125 feet (4,989)
Truss (31,223)
Warren pony truss (3,195)
Warren truss (6,246)

Update Log 

  • November 2, 2017: New photo from David Larson
  • October 30, 2017: New photo from David Larson
  • January 22, 2011: New photos from Joe Underwood
  • March 17, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates
  • November 24, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Joe Underwood
  • David Larson


Spring Creek Bridge
Posted October 30, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


I noticed how that top chord appears to have been cut off. I am curious as to when that might have happened.

Perhaps this bridge was relocated here in 1940. Alternatively, perhaps it really was built in 1940 and relocated in 1970. Overall the bridge does look like a circa 1940 bridge to me. This makes me suspect that it was probably shortened in 1970. Perhaps the county wanted to save money by relocating an old bridge instead of building an entirely new one.

This is all speculation of course. I would need to check the county records to know for certain.

Spring Creek Bridge
Posted October 30, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Photos show that this bridge (presumably relocated here from another location) was shortened at one end by cutting the truss off. What was once a diagonal member is now an end post.