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Big Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder


BH Photo #110283


Two-span pony truss bridge over Big Creek on 140th Avenue, east of Ellis
Ellis County, Kansas
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built ca. 1920
North span: Pin-connected, 4-panel Pratt pony truss
South span: Pin-connected, 3-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 79.0 ft.
Total length: 141.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.93524, -99.52077   (decimal degrees)
38°56'07" N, 99°31'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/454864/4309719 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
KS 000260585004464 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17707 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 42 (out of 100)
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Built during 1920s (10,285)
Closed (2,762)
Ellis County, Kansas (27)
Kansas (3,273)
Owned by county (21,659)
Pin-connected (4,908)
Pony truss (17,097)
Pratt pony truss (3,990)
Pratt truss (10,420)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,681)
Structurally deficient (12,807)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,250)
Truss (36,060)
Wooden deck (6,178)

Update Log 

  • November 18, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Bridge closed
  • January 21, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Erik Hoffman - norcalroadswebsite [at] gmail [dot] com


Big Creek Bridge
Posted March 3, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sounds like a case of "someone else's money"..and $50,000 for barriers and signage?

Big Creek Bridge
Posted March 3, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Kansas confuses me. The counties don't want to pay $1,900 to inspect them so as a reward, they get $50,000 in funds to "permanently remove the bridge from service" which I find strange.


Big Creek Bridge, Hays, KS
Posted January 31, 2008, by MT (mtacha [at] fhsu [dot] edu)

Classified as "failed" during the week of Jan 28, 2008...

"A representative of the Ellis County Public Works department asked me to spread the word immediately that the bridge on 8th Street on the west edge of campus has failed and will be closed indefinitely.

All traffic will have to reroute over to 12th Street or down Gustad Drive to exit campus from the west."

Big Creek Bridge
Posted May 5, 2007, by Robert L. Elder (Bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

Two span pin connected Pratt pony truss over Big Creek. From north to south: 1 pin connected 4 panel Pratt pony truss, 1 pin connected 5 panel Pratt pony truss. This bridge is located on 140 Road.

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