Rating:
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Bee Creek US 166 Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by Richard With

BH Photo #103143

Map 

Street Views 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Marsh arch bridge over Bee Creek on US 166
Location
Montgomery County, Kansas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1931-32; Demolished 2012
Builder
- J.S. Vance & Son of Parsons, Kansas
Design
Single span Marsh through arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 129.9 ft.
Total length: 131.9 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.06753, -95.96267   (decimal degrees)
37°04'03" N, 95°57'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/236594/4106470 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Caney
Inventory numbers
KDOT 0063-B0031 (Kansas Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 18174 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2012)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 46.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
2,620

Update Log 

  • October 19, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Marsh arch (standard)"
  • May 5, 2010: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View for this doomed bridge.
  • January 30, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Contractor
  • January 20, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • December 18, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Future Prospects.
  • December 10, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Design, Design Description and Future Prospects. This Marsh arch appears to be doomed.
  • December 8, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Marsh arch to Categories
  • June 10, 2007: Posted photos from Richard With

Sources 

  • Richard With - withrg [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Bee Creek US 166 Bridge
Posted December 7, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

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.

Bee Creek US 166 Bridge
Posted November 23, 2012, by Eric J. Burris (jelburris [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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.

Bee Creek US 166 Bridge
Posted April 13, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is being replaced right now and may be lost already.

http://www.ksdot.org/PDF_Files/BeeCreekreplace_doc.pdf

Bee Creek US 166 Bridge
Posted December 1, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Geeze...these stories on here today really have my stomach churning.

Anyone got some Pepto Bismol?

Bee Creek US 166 Bridge
Posted December 1, 2011, by kkezir (kkezir [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Bee Creek US 166 Bridge
Posted April 23, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to NBI, this bridge is not eligible for the NRHP. I would disagree with this decision.

Bee Creek US 166 Bridge
Posted December 10, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been scheduled for demolition.

Source:http://khri.kansasgis.org/index.cfm?tab=details&in=125-0000-...

Looks like another Marsh arch is going to bite the dust.