Rating:
3 votes

North Wea Creek Victory Road Bridge

Photos 

This bridge is an eight panel, pin connected, Parker through truss. The bridge is on a dead end road (Victory Road) from the south and may only be accessible in dry weather.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in October 2002

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BH Photo #111541

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Parker through truss bridge over North Wea Creek on Victory Road
Location
Miami County, Kansas
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built 1905
Builder
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Design
Through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 133.8 ft.
Total length: 136.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.5 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.57038, -94.82449   (decimal degrees)
38°34'13" N, 94°49'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/341056/4270681 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Paola East
Inventory numbers
KS 000611091104965 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18129 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2009)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 15.0 (out of 100)

Update Log 

  • October 8, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to Lost as per forum post.
  • February 16, 2011: Updated by Robert Elder: Incorporated new NBI data
  • April 5, 2010: New photos from Joshua Collins
  • March 1, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • January 18, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Builders
  • November 30, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited GPS Coordinates.
  • September 2, 2008: New photos from Ruth Reynolds
  • February 27, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Changed "Design" from "Through truss" to "Parker through truss"
  • February 8, 2008: New photo from Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ruth Reynolds - ruthmusic [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com

Comments 

North Wea Creek Victory Road Bridge
Posted October 9, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was afraid that this one might collapse or be removed someday. Too bad. I am trying to work on saving bridges. I just didn't get to this one soon enough.

North Wea Creek Victory Road Bridge
Posted October 8, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

The bridge has been removed - just spoke with a local property manager who is a caretaker for ex-Kansas City Royals pitcher Kevin Appier who owns the property that is adjacent to the spot where the bridge used to be, he said it was removed about 2 years ago. No longer here. It's a shame... walked the long winding road down Victory Road to the north off 311th Street.... evidence of its abutments and a concrete rubble pile remain at end of road and across Wea Creek.

North Wea Creek Victory Road Bridge
Posted July 21, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Anthony, you just might be right about those beams preventing this one from collapsing. Somehow, it has stood with a washed out abutment for several years now.

North Wea Creek Victory Road Bridge
Posted November 11, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a nice bridge and it's a shame to see it like this.

I was surprised that it hasn't already dropped on that side, but I surmised that the 2 steel beams welded across the endposts is likely helping to support it.

North Wea Creek Victory Road Bridge
Posted November 11, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just noticed the photograph of the collapsed abutment. This bridge will eventually collapse if not moved or repaired!

North Wea Creek Bridge
Posted April 5, 2010, by Joshua Collins (Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com)

Melissa I have created a page for the bridge that you pointed out, it is BH 44780. Thank you for the info.

North Wea Creek Bridge
Posted August 22, 2008, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

No, they are not the same bridges. I am glad that you have uploaded this photo though. Hopefully we can create a page for your bridge, which is a nice example of a Pratt truss.

North Wea Creek Bridge
Posted August 22, 2008, by Melissa Schartz (melissa [at] schartzphoto [dot] com)

After comparing the two photos, mine and yours, I see that they are not the same bridge, just very similar. The one in your photo has the cross bars at the toop where mine does not. Anyway, it's another bridge that is not listed on the website, but old and beautiful just the same.

North Wea Creek Bridge
Posted August 20, 2008, by Melissa Schartz (melissa [at] schartzphoto [dot] com)

I went looking for this bridge today. It sits on Private property over their driveway. I asked to take the photo, and the lady was very nice. Directions: K 68 hwy to Somerset. N. on somerset. Follow curve in road to right(east). Sits on Left side before road turns North again.