This bridge used to be nearly impossible to photograph because it was surrounded by dense underbrush. Even in the winter, the bridge was mostly obscured.
I am glad that the brush was cleared away when this bridge was rehabilitated. Now the arches of the bridge can actually be seen.
The bridge has been reopened. The deck/sides of the bridge look like an UCEB, but the open spandrel arches underneath were preserved. I'll try to get up there and take pictures to post soon.
After further review...
I have found an article that discusses the rehab project. It appears that the substructure will be retained.
The bridge will undoubtedly lose some historic integrity, but from a preservation standpoint, this is certainly a better alternative to being replaced completely.
This bridge is undergoing an extensive rehabilitation and redecking. I am hoping that rehab. means that the substructure will be retained. Any further details on this project would be welcome. The Big Bull Creek Bridge may be the only open-spandrel bridge in Miami County, which has an impressive collection of historic bridges.
I am relatively confident that these photos are of the same bridge as #610587 but I am not completely certain.
The bridge in this picture is located on Old KC Road (Old US 169) near the southern city limits of Paola, Kansas. This would be about 4 miles south and 11.1 miles west of Louisburg. The photographed bridge is a five span open-spandrel concrete bridge which crosses Bull Creek as well as a railroad line. Because this bridge is surrounded by overgrowth it is almost impossible to photograph or view from any direction. These photos were taken in November of 2004. If anybody knows if this bridge is or is not #610587 that would be great.