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Saline River US 183 Bridge

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Photo taken by Robert Elder

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BH Photo #110280

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Overview
Seven-span open-spandrel arch bridge over Saline River on US 183, 13.85 mi. north of I-70
Location
Ellis County, Kansas
Status
Preserved
Future prospects
Preserved
History
Built 1933; rehabilitated 1963, bypassed ca. 2009-2010
Design
Open-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 595.0 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.09710, -99.30571   (decimal degrees)
39°05'50" N, 99°18'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/473564/4327595 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Plainville SE
Inventory numbers
KDOT 0026-B0052 (Kansas Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 17717 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2009)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 76.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
3,350

Update Log 

  • April 22, 2014: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • December 30, 2011: New Street View added by James McCray
  • December 29, 2011: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History.
  • April 29, 2011: Updated by Robert Elder: Correction, to previous update - the bridge is almost certainly open to pedestrians.
  • August 13, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited future prospects - preserved
  • May 17, 2010: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link
  • July 29, 2008: New photo from Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Saline River US 183 Bridge
Posted August 22, 2012, by Jeff G (powercatjeffy [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The old bridge is 100% open to foot traffic. There is a dirt access road below the bridge for those that wish to take a close look at the architecture.

Photo courtesy of "aftrek" from geocaching.com

Saline River US 183 Bridge
Posted December 29, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The latest Google Earth imagery (25 September 2011) clearly indicates that this bridge has been bypassed. The new bridge is open to traffic. There is no longer any pavement leading to the old bridge, but it has been preserved and appears to be open to pedestrians.

Saline River US 183 Bridge
Posted April 29, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sheldon;

Structurally, this bridge is in very good condition, despite being nearly 80 years old. US 183 is being widened, and this bridge would be too narrow for the new road.

There was interest in preserving this bridge, both from locals and from within KDOT. Thus, KDOT elected to build a new bridge, but preserve the old structure. KDOT rightfully won an award for its role in retaining the old bridge.

Saline River US 183 Bridge
Posted April 29, 2011, by Sheldon Wiens (sheldon_wiens77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I don't see any problem with this bridge. It is not at all in bad shape. Why are they going to make it a pedestrian bridge? Will this bridge be bypassed by a new one if it will be a pedestrian bridge?

Saline River US 183 Bridge
Posted April 29, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge appears to have been dropped from the NBI. Thus it is probably open to pedestrians instead of traffic. If anybody in the area can confirm, that would be great. The latest Google Earth imagery is from 2008, which was the year that construction on the new bridge was scheduled to begin. Street View, which is now a few years old still shows traffic using the old bridge.

This link contains images of the old bridge, and the new bridge being constructed to the West.

http://advancedlandsurveying.com/project_portfolio/staking_p...

Saline River US 183 Bridge
Posted February 3, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

K-DOT Publication with an article concerning the bridge: http://165.201.199.23/bureaus/offTransInfo/TRANSLIN/May/May0...

Or, if you prefer html: http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:9wZMKHnR3ZIJ:165.201.199...

K-DOT, KPA, and others involved deserve a standing ovation for this one!

Saline River US 183 Bridge
Posted February 3, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Brief article concerning the replacement and preservation of this bridge.

http://kpalliance.org/Pages/03_awards_2006.html

Saline River US 183 Bridge
Posted January 3, 2007, by Anonymous

This is a seven span, double ribbed, open spandrel concrete arch bridge.