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Branch North Fork Vermillion River Bridge

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Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2017

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BH Photo #412467

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Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Tributary of North Fork Vermillion River, 5.0 mi. north and 2.0 mi. east of Vliets
Location
Marshall County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1930
Design
Pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 47.9 ft.
Total length: 49.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.78333, -96.29167   (decimal degrees)
39°46'60" N, 96°17'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/731927/4407218 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Axtell
Inventory numbers
KS 000580931203300 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18040 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2015)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 24.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
10

Categories 

Built during 1930s (10,687)
Kansas (2,728)
Marshall County, Kansas (97)
One-lane traffic (7,433)
Open (36,865)
Owned by county (18,919)
Pony truss (15,080)
Span length 25-50 feet (13,730)
Structurally deficient (18,550)
Total length 25-50 feet (9,929)
Truss (29,539)
Wooden deck (5,872)

Update Log 

  • December 2, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler

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Comments 

Branch North Fork Vermillion River Bridge
Posted December 2, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wait...a cast iron plaque still on the bridge - and in perfect condition?

Don't laugh too hard. Plaques are becoming much rarer on bridges these days. This bridge, plaque and all, is a great example of period technology. While 1930s riveted Warren pony truss bridges may not have the same significance as 1870s bowstrings, we should definitely preserve the good and unaltered examples. In my opinion, this one should be a prime candidate for preservation as a good example of its type.

Branch North Fork Vermillion River Bridge
Posted December 2, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Heavy duty old monster, nice plaque, some wood rot, holes in deck, scary, but IS open to traffic