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BNSF - Chestnut Street Overpass

Photos 

West Approach

Photo taken by David Backlin in September 2013

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BH Photo #265870

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Chestnut Ave. on Bnsf Railroad
Location
Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1930
Railroads
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 20.0 ft.
Total length: 56.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.06361, -97.03194   (decimal degrees)
37°03'49" N, 97°01'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/674973/4103740 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Arkansas City
Inventory number
BH 45649 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2013: New photos from David Backlin
  • September 2, 2013: New Street View added by David Backlin
  • May 27, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway", "Railroad"
  • July 14, 2010: Added by Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net

Comments 

BNSF - Chestnut Street Overpass
Posted August 23, 2018, by Luke

Yeah, I'm not opposed to changing names of those that are colloquially referred to as tunnels to say as such, but it should be made abundantly clear that unlike the cut-and-cover construction Royce is arguing against (Despite it typifying said construction style), these aren't considered tunnels on an engineering-level.

Another example of this would be the "Awful Tunnels" in Omaha.

Common nickname amongst drivers, but neither the city nor the railroad engineering department ever considered them tunnels.

BNSF - Chestnut Street Overpass
Posted August 23, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, I have heard the name "Subway" used before. Structures like this seem to be known as tunnels colloquially these days.

BNSF - Chestnut Street Overpass
Posted August 23, 2018, by Luke

I've seen these sort of overpasses referred to as "subways" on occasion. That nickname (Which is common in Europe) seemed to fall out of favor due to the confusion with subway transit systems.

Some of them are locally referred to as tunnels, like two in Houston, Texas are.

BNSF - Chestnut Street Overpass
Posted August 23, 2018, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I noticed both this bridge and BNSF-Madison street have a wooden and concrete railing on either side.Why is that?

BNSF - Chestnut Street Overpass
Posted August 23, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Tunnel VS. Not Tunnel debate always makes me think of this structure and its twin on Madison.