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Arkansas River Bridge

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This abandoned, nine span, closed spandrel bridge crosses the Arkansas River on the west side of Arkansas City, Kansas north of US 166 The bridge is visible from 166

Photo taken by Robert Elder in February 2008

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BH Photo #111522

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Facts 

Overview
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Arkansas River
Location
Cowley County, Kansas
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1930
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 519.1 ft.
Deck width: 21.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.06356, -97.05782   (decimal degrees)
37°03'49" N, 97°03'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/672672/4103687 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Arkansas City
Land survey
T. 34 S., R. 3 E., Sec. 25 and 26
Inventory numbers
KS 000180851007045 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 36222 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/1990)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 19.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)
1,400

Update Log 

  • September 17, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • February 28, 2017: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • October 1, 2016: Updated by Clark Vance: Build date and NBI info
  • May 17, 2014: New photos from Robert Brock
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link
  • January 20, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • February 7, 2008: Added by Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Rob Brock - k0pvw [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler

Comments 

Arkansas River Bridge
Posted February 28, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nick's photograph from September of 2016 really shows how bad the flooding was that month. The Arkansas, Walnut, Ninnescah, and Whitewater Rivers saw some moderate to major flooding during that time. The Whitewater and Walnut Rivers alone flooded three times in 2016. These rivers still have a population of historic bridges so I always worry when they flood.

None of the flood waters from the Whitewater and Walnut Rivers passed under this bridge because the Walnut River joins the Arkansas River downstream of Ark City. Thus, the water seen here came down the Arkansas, Little Arkansas, and Ninnescah Rivers. These rivers have a smaller population of historic bridges than the Walnut and Whitewater Rivers, althought this closed spandrel bridge is certainly vulnerable, especially given its poor condition.

I was afraid that we were going to lose some bridges in this flood and in truth I suspect that we almost did. As far as I know, they all held fast until that final flood took out a stone arch bridge on Grouse Creek and damaged a couple others on the Grouse Creek farther downstream.

In short, 2016 was a scary year for bridges in South Central Kansas. I am thankful we did not lose more than one as far as I know. The Arkansas River is crossed by some incredible bridges in Oklahoma but as far as I know they all survived.

Arkansas River Bridge
Posted November 25, 2009, by Wes Kinsler (wkinsler [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

Looks like it is a Luten arch.

Arkansas River Bridge
Posted October 17, 2008, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Eric is correct. The photos were uploaded in February 2008 and I must not have changed the default date. I will need to check the date that the photos were taken, but it was likely in June of 2004.

Arkansas River Bridge
Posted October 16, 2008, by Eric

I don't think these photos were taken in February. The grass is a little green for that time of year.