Rating:
3 votes

Metcalf Place Bridge

Photos 

Overview, from the Southern end

Photo taken by Joshua Collins in January 2010

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BH Photo #154147

Map 

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)
Quadrangle 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 

  • October 2, 2017: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • January 7, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • 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
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com

Comments 

Metcalf Place Bridge
Posted October 3, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, I remember that other bridge getting replaced. That was a bad deal from a preservation standpoint. For those who don't remember, a hiking trail briefly reused a historic pony truss but then the pony truss was demolished and replaced with a MOB.

Hopefully Johnson County will make a better decision this time around and maintain the historic bridge if this old roadbed should become a trail at some point.

Metcalf Place Bridge
Posted October 3, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

As residential neighborhoods move south toward this area, there may be some interest in rehabbing into a park/trail feature. Johnson County certainly has the money but they tore out a nice pony and replaced it with a MOB here:

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/johnson/515450460000001

so they may not have anyone advocating for saving the old ones.

Metcalf Place Bridge
Posted October 2, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

...and the award for most overgrown bridge in America goes to...

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.