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Metcalf Place Bridge

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Overview, from the Southern end

Photo taken by Joshua Collins in January 2010

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Description 

This route was originally the road between Fort Leavenworth and Fort Scott, Kansas, dating from the early days of Kansas statehood. This crossing has had at least four bridges during that time. There is an old abutment next to this 1929 span, along with a bypass to the east built in 1960 and another four lane alignment to the west. This iron bridge deserves better than it's getting right now and may be saved as the city expands towards it and the old US 69 becomes more popular with cyclists.

Facts 

Overview
Five-span pony truss bridge over Blue River on Metcalf Place (formerly US 69)
Location
Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1929, bypassed 1960
Design
Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 69.9 ft.
Total length: 358.8 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
Blue River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.81296, -94.67094   (decimal degrees)
38°48'47" N, 94°40'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/354925/4297347 (zone/easting/northing)
USGS topographic map
Stilwell
Inventory number
BH 17878 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2008)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 2.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
310

Update Log 

  • July 20, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: More photos and description.
  • February 8, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Design and Design Description.
  • February 2, 2010: New photos from Joshua Collins

Sources 

  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com

Comments 

Metcalf Place Bridge
Posted February 12, 2010, by Eric Kinkhorst (e [dot] kinkhorst [at] centurytel [dot] net)

Crossed this bridge many times as a kid. Good to see it is still there.