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Morton County WPA Bridge

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Morton County WPA bridge from W 2

Photo taken by Ammodramus in March 2015

License: Public domain: Released by author

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Facts 

Overview
Five-span stone arch bridge over a branch of Cimarron River, 4.0 mi. north and 6.0 mi. west of Richfield
Location
Morton County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1936 by the Works Progress Administration
Builder
- Works Progress Administration
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 12.1 ft.
Total length: 96.1 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 22, 1986
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.31820, -101.90063   (decimal degrees)
37°19'06" N, 101°54'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/242963/4134119 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Richfield SW
Inventory numbers
NRHP 86003356 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
KS 000000000650010 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18211 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2013)
Sufficiency rating: 62.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
120

Categories 

Arch (11,196)
Built 1936 (1,012)
Built during 1930s (10,582)
Deck arch (10,434)
Kansas (2,705)
Morton County, Kansas (2)
NR-listed (2,844)
Open (36,583)
Owned by county (18,854)
Skewed (4,672)
Span length under 25 feet (5,769)
Stone arch (2,649)
Total length 75-100 feet (5,941)
Works Progress Administration (241)

Update Log 

  • June 6, 2016: New photo from Larry D. Moore

Sources 

  • Larry D. Moore

Comments 

Morton County WPA Bridge
Posted September 1, 2017, by Larry Hornbaker (larryhornbaker [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This is my photo of what this bridge looked like in 2002 before the culvert / concrete modification.

Morton County WPA Bridge
Posted March 23, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

As far as I'm concerned it does! I would only go to see it if I was showing someone the WRONG way to treat an historic bridge.

Morton County WPA Bridge
Posted March 22, 2013, by Anonymous

Does this count as lost then? lol

Morton County WPA Bridge
Posted March 22, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Your mutant probably crawled out of my toilet Jodi!

All kidding aside...The county engineer and anyone else involved with this ridiculous looking farce should be lined up beside it and shot! (Okay, okay...I'll settle for being relieved from their duties.)

Morton County WPA Bridge
Posted March 22, 2013, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] comcast [dot] net)

They really put some ingenuity into that mess :-p ....err mutant bridge / drainage ditch. Reminds me of this: http://raf1210.webs.com/AnimalMutants1.jpg

Morton County WPA Bridge
Posted March 19, 2013, by Anonymous

Black and White photographs of what the bridge USED to look like can be seen here:

http://khri.kansasgis.org/photos_docs/129-0000-00159_2.pdf

Morton County WPA Bridge
Posted March 19, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, that is two toilet awards for the Sunflower State. Overall, not a horrible track record, but both were deserved.

As far as I know, this is the only historic bridge in Morton County.

I hope that maybe the arches are still under the concrete somewhere, and were not removed completely.

Morton County WPA Bridge
Posted March 19, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Well, all I can say is congrats to Morton Co.! Your bridge is now the front runner for the 2013 Smith Awards for the worst example for saving a HB! How ugly is that thing!!! ;-P

Morton County WPA Bridge
Posted March 18, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I saw this picture and my stomach turned sour. I immediately had to make a run for the...

(Todd Baslee photo)

Morton County WPA Bridge
Posted March 18, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been completely redone. The stone arches have been filled in with concrete and steel culverts. You can see a photograph here: http://ke2013.smugmug.com/Dare-To-Do-Dirt/Southwest-Kansas/M...