Rating:
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Washington Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo From Contech Website

BH Photo #201587

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Washington Creek on E 850 Road, 1.1 mi. east and 0.2 mi. north of Lone Star
Location
Douglas County, Kansas
Status
Lost
History
Built ca. 1910 demolished and replaced July 2009
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 84.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.87030, -95.33466   (decimal degrees)
38°52'13" N, 95°20'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/297456/4304974 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lone Star
Land survey
T. 13 S., R. 19 E., Sec. 32
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
15
Inventory numbers
KS 000231035004560 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17695 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 84.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2011: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Year lost and History.
  • June 16, 2011: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • May 5, 2011: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge has been replaced.
  • March 17, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates - moved balloon to the correct bridge. Added Street View link.
  • February 28, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"

Related Bridges 

Sources 

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

Comments 

Washington Creek Bridge
Posted June 17, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah........I think it's warranted.......

And concerning Contech.........I really don't have a problem with them when it comes to new construction (versus a concrete span) I wouldn't call them beautiful by any means...but a truss is still better than a slab.

BUT.......when a legitimate (and historic) truss is sacrificed for one of these "Earl Scheib" spans, or when one is placed on a trail where a displaced historic bridge should be......I DO have a problem with that.......

So, here's that award..........

(Photo courtesy of Todd Baslee)

Washington Creek Bridge
Posted June 17, 2011, by Anonymous

Anthony...I would like to nominate this bridge for the Sunflower State's first Pennsy Award!

Washington Creek Bridge
Posted June 17, 2011, by Anonymous

Quick! Nathan! Pass me that little brown...too late :-(

Washington Creek Bridge
Posted June 16, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Why preserve the last historic truss bridge in your county, when instead you can get on the phone and have an ugly MOB delivered? But the folks over at ConTech think the replacement MOB is the hottest thing since the Big Bang. But then again, they run a company whose main activity is to install MOB bridges where historic bridge preservation is feasible. See attached flyer.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 169,841 bytes)

Washington Creek Bridge
Posted May 6, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The replacement of this bridge does represent an interesting moment in the history of transportation in this region. For whatever it is worth, Douglas County is the first county in the eastern third of Kansas without either a vehicular truss or Marsh arch bridge.

Washington Creek Bridge
Posted May 5, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It just never ceases to amaze me that our tax dollars are wasted to replace a bridge like this one. ADT count of 15, and a historic truss that could have been rehabbed for a fraction of what the new bridge cost.

Washington Creek Bridge
Posted May 5, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

NBI indicates, and Google Earth proves that this bridge has been replaced. This was the last remaining vehicular truss bridge in Douglas County.