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Trib. N. Cottonwood River Bridge


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Concrete tee beam bridge over Trib. N. Cottonwood River on Local Rd. 81
Marion County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1925
Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 42.0 ft.
Total length: 170.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.47867, -97.21756   (decimal degrees)
38°28'43" N, 97°13'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/655476/4260431 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 18 S., R. 2 E., Sec. 16 and 21
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
KS 000570833305100 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 72961 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 65 (out of 100)
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Beam (14,726)
Built 1925 (1,245)
Built during 1920s (9,660)
Concrete tee beam (3,014)
Fence guardrail (238)
Have street view (25,841)
Kansas (3,146)
Marion County, Kansas (91)
Open (38,685)
Owned by county (20,213)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,148)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,745)

Update Log 

  • July 28, 2016: New Street View added by Clark Vance
  • July 28, 2016: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com


Trib. N. Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted July 28, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes Messrs. Elder and Vance... I agree and do like these railings on an otherwise ho-hum bridge. I mean they're not Balustrades, but they're not Armco either!

Trib. N. Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted July 28, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, I have tried to add some of the largest, oldest, and most significant examples. While they will never rival 1870s Bowstrings in terms of significance, they do represent a period of engineering. Kansas built quite a number of them from the 1920s through the 1940s.

Trib. N. Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted July 28, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It's nothing special from an engineering standpoint but these bridges with concrete fence guardrails appeal to me, perhaps from their relationship to the rainbow arch time period. These are classic rural Kansas.