Leavenworth Centennial Bridge
Video posted by Mark Shannon
I guess we will just have to see what sort of Federal funding rolls in...
Considering Brownbeck just raided the highway fund and reduced KDOTs operating budget so the state can pay its bills in 2015, I doubt that any of the projects on that list that aren't already funded will happen in the next 20 years - including replacing this bridge.
I was also a bit surprised to find this bridge is tentatively scheduled for replacement. But, it seems that the expected life of the bridge is about 50 years these days. Maybe if they were maintained better they would last longer. Europe has much older bridges that carry much heavier traffic than this one.
Hey wait just a minute, this bridge is not Doomed. This bridge really isn't that Old. So I know this bridge does not need to beed to be replaced. This bridge is too new for that.
KDOT has proposed a preliminary engineering study to replace this bridge. Source: http://www.ksdot.org/TWorks/EcoDevo/downloads/Statewide_Proj...
Construction is probably still several years in the future.
Kansas Dept. of Transportation is just now beginning rehab of this bridge. More or less going to be a patch and go project. All of the arches and all of the steal will stay, as well as the piers. Major redecking taking place though.