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Clear Creek Bridge

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This bridge is easily visible from US 56.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in February 2008

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BH Photo #111530

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Written by Tedd Liggett

I am the Original phOTOGRAPH_oF_tHE_dAY and photographed the Clear Creek Bridge on May 16, 2003. My photog is #7 on the Clear Creek Bridge slide show. What follows is my segueway ...
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TEDD LiGGETT's phOTOGRAPH_oF_tHE_dAY #2126 - The next day I continued to drive southeastward, passed the towns of Galva, Canton, Lehigh. Around noon-time, speed approaching 60, I maneuvered a bat-turn-circle-back after glancing the bridge over my left shoulder, blurred.

For most of the last century the Clear Creek Bridge served the asphalt ribbon of U.S. Highway 56. Prevailing the cross-roads of Sunflower Road & the the Central Kansas Railroad the ‘ol bridge retains the quality to serve purpose and property, even if the superstructure has a modern rating of ‘structurally deficient’.
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Facts 

Overview
Concrete pony arch bridge over Clear Creek, 0.6 mi. north of Marion
Location
Marion County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
Design
Rainbow arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 81.0 ft.
Total length: 83.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.36397, -97.02186   (decimal degrees)
38°21'50" N, 97°01'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/672821/4248051 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Marion
Inventory numbers
KS 000570855005249 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18021 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2014)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 37.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
50

Update Log 

  • April 2, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • October 19, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Marsh arch (standard)"
  • July 11, 2013: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • May 12, 2013: Essay added by Tedd Liggett
  • May 8, 2013: New photo from Clark Vance
  • June 22, 2011: New Street View added by Ben Tate
  • April 25, 2011: New photos from Clark Vance
  • June 20, 2010: New photo from Mike LeMasters
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link
  • February 12, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • December 8, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Marsh arch to Categories
  • July 8, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated categories
  • February 28, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Overview" "Design" and "Design Description"
  • February 7, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike LeMasters
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Sheldon Wiens
  • Nick Schmiedeler

Comments 

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted March 25, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks Norm. I always wondered about the drainage pattern in this area. It always did look like it had been altered.

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted March 20, 2014, by Norm Bowers (roadguykac [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has always been on a county road. Prior to the flood control levy Mud Creek flowed through this bridge from west to east, then south into the City of Marion. When the Corps built the levy in the 1970's they diverted Clear Creek and Mud Creek around the city and now Clear Creek runs through the bridge from east to west.

I grew up in Marion and was the county engineer at one time. Although the bridge is on an extension of Walnut Street many called this the dump road as the old city dump was in the bend of an old channel just northwest of the bridge.

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted October 26, 2012, by Shawn McGuire (shawn [dot] mcguire [at] att [dot] net)

I think the last commenter is totally false. This bridge has always been on a county road, as US 56 doesn't ever align there in a NW-SE direction. As well, until the 80s-90s, 56 went through Marion, a mile south of here.

Appears to be a rather fancy (IMHO)county bridge.

Clear Creek Bridge viewed from U.S. Hwy 56
Posted May 5, 2012, by pHOTOGRAPH_oF_tHE_dAY (tl9ok [at] aol [dot] com)

TEDD LiGGETT's phOTOGRAPH_oF_tHE_dAY #2126 - The next day I continued to drive southeastward, passed the towns of Galva, Canton, Lehigh. Around noon-time, speed approaching 60, I maneuvered a bat-turn-circle-back after glancing the bridge over my left shoulder, blurred.

For most of the last century the Clear Creek Bridge served the asphalt ribbon of U.S. Highway 56. Prevailing the cross-roads of Sunflower Road & the the Central Kansas Railroad the ‘ol bridge retains the quality to serve purpose and property, even if the superstructure has a modern rating of ‘structurally deficient’.

Mud Creek Bridge
Posted February 3, 2008, by Robert L. Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a Marsh Arch pony span.