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Irish Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder in April 2009


BH Photo #136846


Girder and floorbeam system bridge over Irish Creek on 24th Terrace
Marshall County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1940
Girder and floorbeam system. Girders are rolled American Standard Beams (not the more common built-up "plate girders")
Length of largest span: 76.1 ft.
Total length: 78.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.66174, -96.35470   (decimal degrees)
39°39'42" N, 96°21'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/726927/4393560 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
KS 000580923803464 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 42287 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 32.2 (out of 100)
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Beam (16,950)
Built during 1940s (4,249)
Kansas (3,271)
Marshall County, Kansas (107)
Open (41,012)
Owned by county (21,659)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,676)
Steel stringer (6,742)
Structurally deficient (12,818)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,857)
Wooden deck (6,175)

Update Log 

  • August 3, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Corrected and expanded structure type description.
  • February 10, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • April 10, 2009: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth


Irish Creek Bridge
Posted April 13, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Interesting - perhaps the railings are original. I will definitely have to research the Indiana Bridge Co.

Irish Creek Bridge
Posted April 10, 2009, by anthony dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm looking at this bridge and I actually think the railing is original. The plates on the ends of the girders mirror the ones that affix the railing along the top. Usually with afterthought additions they are fastened in a non-conforming method(they don't quite seem to mesh together).

Indiana Bridge Company was known to make some very functional, but otherwise unglamorous girder bridges. They would often, however, give the railings special treatments.

They may have considered this advertisement, much as plaques on a through truss, to help sell more spans. I don't know who the builder of this bridge was, but they may have been using some of the same practices.

Irish Creek Bridge
Posted April 10, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The latice railings on this bridge appear to be much older then the current bridge. I suspect that there was a truss bridge at or near this location, and the railings were recycled. The stone wing walls at the west end of the bridge likely remain from an earlier bridge. I will try to upload pictures soon.