Rating:
11 votes

Carey's Ford Bridge

Photos 

Oblique view

Photo taken by Robert L Elder

BH Photo #103137

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Marais Des Cygnes River on 335th Street, southeast of Stanton
Location
Miami County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1909 by the Kansas City Bridge Co.; made obsolete by new bridge 2008, but remains open to traffic.
Builder
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Design
From west to east:
Riveted Warren pony truss
Pin-connected, 9-panel Parker through truss
Riveted Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 159.1 ft.
Total length: 251.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.4 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1990
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.52068, -95.03368   (decimal degrees)
38°31'14" N, 95°02'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/322709/4265547 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rantoul
Inventory numbers
NRHP 89002179 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
KS 000611067705040 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18119 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2015)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 24.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
26

Update Log 

  • February 16, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Camelback truss"
  • January 16, 2012: New photos from James Grooms
  • November 9, 2011: Updated by Robert Elder: Clarified history.
  • January 25, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates
  • June 21, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories.
  • October 6, 2008: New photos from Ruth Reynolds
  • June 9, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • March 8, 2008: New photos from Ruth Reynolds
  • October 23, 2006: Posted photos from Robert L Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ruth Reynolds - ruthmusic [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • James Grooms - Jayb2664 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Carey's Ford Bridge
Posted November 22, 2015, by Robert Elder

I imagine that the old bridge is a shortcut for a few families. I also would not be surprised if a few folks still use the old bridge on occasion just for the fun of it.

Overall, the way Miami County handled this situation was highly commendable. There is no doubt that a new bridge was needed for heavier vehicles. Those who needed a new bridge got a new bridge. Those who appreciate the old bridge still have the old bridge. Thanks to Miami County building the new bridge on a different alignment, we have a win-win situation.

Carey's Ford Bridge
Posted November 22, 2015, by Erik Hoffman (edh4801 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Even with the new Pressonville Rd bridge, this bridge still sees 26 cars a day.

Carey's Ford Bridge
Posted June 9, 2008, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

A modern concrete bridge has been constructed on Pressonville Road approximately 3/4 of a mile to the northeast. This new bridge effectively replaced the Carey's Ford Bridge. The Carey's Ford Bridge remains open to traffic however.