In truth, I am surprised that it lasted this long. Several of these Marsh Arches on State or Federal highways were demolished in the 1980s and 1990s.
Now we are just down to the ones on County roads, at least in Kansas. Many of those County roads are old State or Federal highways.
Well, this bridge is officially lost. I drove through the construction zone today. The old bridge is gone, and a new bridge is being constructed. RIP Bee Creek Bridge 1931-2012.
This bridge is being replaced right now and may be lost already.
Geeze...these stories on here today really have my stomach churning.
Anyone got some Pepto Bismol?
Information from Translines (KDOT monthly Employee Publication) Dec 2011
The last remaining Marsh Arch bridge on the state highway system in southeast Kansas is headed toward replacement under the T-WORKS program. Built in 1931, the Bee Creek Bridge is located on U.S. 166 in Montgomery County, a quarter-mile east of the Chautauqua-Montgomery county line. The estimated cost of constructing a new bridge is about $1.6 million. Work is scheduled to begin in March 2012.
James Barney Marsh, an engineer and bridge designer known for reinforced concrete arch bridges, holds the patent for the Marsh Arch bridge. Hundreds of Marsh Arch bridges were constructed from the 1910s through the early 1930s. Once favored for their overall design and appearance, the bridges – like the bridge over Bee Creek – have since become too narrow for modern highways. Although numerous Marsh Arch bridges were dismantled and replaced, a small number can still be found on county roads in District Four. Perhaps most noteworthy in the region is the Brush Creek “Rainbow” Bridge on Historic Route 66 near Baxter Springs. The Brush Creek Bridge and several other Marsh Arch bridges in Kansas are listed in the National Historic Register.
According to NBI, this bridge is not eligible for the NRHP. I would disagree with this decision.
This bridge has been scheduled for demolition.
Looks like another Marsh arch is going to bite the dust.