Rating:
2 votes

Iron Street Bridge

Photos 

Looking south

Photo taken by Clark Vance in October 2013

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BH Photo #267826

Map 

Description 

This bridge has outriggers that appear to hold a center beam suggesting a steel interior similar to a bedstead pony truss.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Tributary to Bull Creek on Iron Street
Location
Paola, Miami County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
Design
Concrete through girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.58102, -94.87950   (decimal degrees)
38°34'52" N, 94°52'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/336288/4271958 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Paola West
Inventory number
BH 58293 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Concrete girder (911)
Girder (9,082)
Kansas (3,015)
Miami County, Kansas (83)
Open (38,117)
Owned by city (4,916)
Paola, Kansas (5)
Through girder (3,368)

Update Log 

  • October 6, 2013: New photos from Clark Vance
  • October 5, 2013: Added by Clark Vance

Sources 

  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com

Comments 

Iron Street Bridge
Posted October 7, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It sure looks like the interior steel is angles. Whether it's an encased truss or they just improvised for the rebar will take some more investigating. Not easily seen in the photos are the four threaded pipe ends sticking up at the ends of the top of the concrete. It's tall enough that I don't see the point of attaching a rail and lights in this remote place don't make sense.

Iron Street Bridge
Posted October 7, 2013, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Could be the encasement of a lightweight girder. However, I can't help but wonder if someone encased one of these style trusses... they were lightweight after all and a desire to strengthen at a later date would not be a suprise...

http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...

Iron Street Bridge
Posted October 7, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Pure chance. I was headed to the Big Bull Creek bridge (heavily posted, no one home). I stopped to look at the unusually high walls on this one and saw the outriggers. Quite a surprise.

Iron Street Bridge
Posted October 6, 2013, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Awesome discovery! It's the kind of bridge that just screams for a return visit in the winter to crawl underneath and poke around.

Iron Street Bridge
Posted October 6, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Soliciting comments here. This is the first time I've seen a bridge with this type of construction. Anyone seen something similar?