Rating:
3 votes

West Branch Fall River Bridge

Photo 

Overview

Photo taken by Robert L Elder

BH Photo #103095

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Marsh arch bridge over West Branch Fall River
Location
Greenwood County, Kansas
Status
Lost
History
Built ca. 1920
Design
Marsh pony arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 103.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.87537, -96.39878   (decimal degrees)
37°52'31" N, 96°23'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/728785/4195177 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lapland
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000370680 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17788 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2007)
Deck condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 100.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
95

Update Log 

  • October 19, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Marsh arch (standard)"
  • November 19, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Overview, Status and Status description - lost.
  • April 12, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates for this bridge which may be lost.
  • December 10, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Design and Design Description
  • October 23, 2006: Posted photo from Robert L Elder

Sources 

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

Comments 

West Branch Fall River Bridge
Posted November 18, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

A few years ago, there was a through truss (Pratt, if I remember correctly), this Rainbow arch, and a stone arch bridge over the West Branch of the Fall River, all within a few miles of each other. Today, only the stone arch bridge remains.

West Branch Fall River Bridge
Posted November 17, 2011, by Matt Lohry

...And with not a shred of any physical evidence that it ever existed. Truly disgraceful.

West Branch Fall River Bridge
Posted November 17, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Google Earth has released new maps of this area which confirm that this bridge is lost.

West Branch Fall River Bridge
Posted August 25, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It is hard to say, given the mixed track record of Kansas. Kansas often re-routes a road slightly for construction of a new bridge, allowing the old bridge to carry traffic while the new bridge is constructed.

During the 1980s, Kansas identified several bridges for listing on the NRHP. For the most part, Kansas has done a good job of bypassing them and preserving them if they need to be replaced. The Spencer's Crossing Bridge http://www.bridgehunter.com/ks/anderson/spencers-crossing/ is one such example. Kansas bridges on the NRHP can usually be considered preserved.

If a bridge is not listed on the NRHP (this bridge was not), the future of the bridge may depend on other factors. These bridges often get demolished even if the road gets re-routed, but sometimes one does get spared. This two span Pratt through truss http://www.bridgehunter.com/ks/lyon/560953005200/ was demolished even though it would not interfere with the use of the new bridge, but the Columbia Bridge in Franklin County http://www.bridgehunter.com/ks/franklin/bh36236/ was left intact aside from removal of the deck. I guess we can hope...

West Branch Fall River Bridge
Posted August 25, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I can't zoom in close enough to tell, but it may be there in the trees at the bottom. Seems funny that they would totally change the road and intersections around if they weren't saving the old span.

West Branch Fall River Bridge
Posted August 25, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

On closer inspection, I am guessing that the bridge is lost, but would have to visit the site to know for certain.

West Branch Fall River Bridge
Posted August 25, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has definitely been replaced by a new bridge. The new bridge was not built on the same alignment, so there is a possibility that this bridge may not have been demolished. On the following link, the new brige is clearly visible, but the old bridge area is obscured by trees. The original road is still in existance.

http://maps.google.com/maps?t=k&ie=UTF8&ll=37.876134,-96.398...

I once assumed this Rainbow Arch to be lost, but it might still exist. We may be dealing with another Elvis Bridge. Hats off to Greenwood County if they left it in place.