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Chestnut Avenue Bridge



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Parker through truss bridge over Walnut River on E. Chestnut Avenue
Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1925
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 290.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.06347, -97.02011   (decimal degrees)
37°03'48" N, 97°01'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/676026/4103746 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Arkansas City
Inventory numbers
KS 000180855107045 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 36300 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2016)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 30.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)

Update Log 

  • October 2, 2016: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
  • December 29, 2010: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link
  • January 29, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added NBI Data.
  • February 21, 2008: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Chestnut Avenue Bridge
Posted July 29, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mr. Learned:

Thanks for posting that. I enjoyed reading the article. I am hoping that this bridge will be preserved. This is one of the few massive member riveted bridges in the area. I would come nearer expecting to see something like this in Oklahoma.

East Chestnut Avenue Bridge
Posted July 29, 2017, by Gary Learned (glearned [at] msn [dot] com)

According to the attached clipping from the Arkansas City Daily Traveler, the E Chestnut bridge was constructed starting in early 1929, officially opening February 8th, 1930.

Chestnut Avenue Bridge
Posted April 20, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The area around this bridge is receiving international attention. A recent discovery of a ca. 1601 cannonball has practically confirmed local suspicions that Arkansas City was built roughly on the site of a major Native American city known as Etzanoa.