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Lairds Creek Bridge

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Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in March 2017

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BH Photo #383313

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Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Lairds Creek, 2.7 mi. east of Parkerville
Location
Morris County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1910
Design
Pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 79.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.76884, -96.61014   (decimal degrees)
38°46'08" N, 96°36'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/707626/4293837 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Dwight
Inventory numbers
KS 000640899204700 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18202 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2016)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 22.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
60

Categories 

Built during 1910s (8,806)
Kansas (2,730)
Morris County, Kansas (33)
One-lane traffic (7,433)
Open (36,893)
Owned by county (18,923)
Pony truss (15,085)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,015)
Structurally deficient (18,552)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,001)
Truss (29,552)
Wooden deck (5,873)

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler

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Comments 

Lairds Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Awesome! Local support for bridges is paramount. So many preservation success stories begin with grassroots efforts.

Lairds Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

A friend just sent me this photo, the locals really like to decorate that thing up all different kinds of ways throughout the year, very cool

Lairds Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wish all of our historic spans got this kind of Love!

Lairds Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2017, by Marcia Lee (dmml5152 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You should see her when the neighbors deck her out for the holidays.........she is beautiful!!

Lairds Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What a great find! I would say that the Kansas Default Date of ca. 1910 is probably not far off in this instance.

I have found throughout my travels that locals often take great pride in their bridges.

Lairds Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

This is the most welcoming Old Bridge I have ever run into in the state of Kansas. As you approach you see a Stars and Stripes painted freight pallet that says "Laird's Creek Bridge". Atop both sides are fitted solar lights into a wood plank that fit into the iron perfectly, and toward one end of the bridge is a marker board that welcomes notes to be written which we did. An obviously beloved local bridge that beckons others to enjoy also. A very nice surprise.