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Deer Creek Bridge

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Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in November 2017

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BH Photo #410365

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Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Deer Creek, 3.0 mi. north and 1.0 mi. west of Oneida
Location
Nemaha County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1910
Design
Pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 69.9 ft.
Total length: 108.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.90667, -95.95833   (decimal degrees)
39°54'24" N, 95°57'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/247114/4421588 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bern
Inventory numbers
KS 000660967003125 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18217 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2015)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 18.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
10

Categories 

Built during 1910s (8,791)
Kansas (2,721)
Nemaha County, Kansas (110)
One-lane traffic (7,429)
Open (36,830)
Owned by county (18,903)
Pony truss (15,068)
Span length 50-75 feet (8,978)
Structurally deficient (18,536)
Total length 100-125 feet (4,686)
Truss (29,505)
Wooden deck (5,869)

Update Log 

  • November 7, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler

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Comments 

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 8, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

We do have a similar pony here in my home county that was built in 1910... But yes Robert, I would agree that it could be a little older. I don't see 1880's but if I was to give a 10 year window I would guess 1898-1908.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is another bridge for which I will question the Kansas Default Date of Circa 1910. I would suggest that 1910 is about the latest that this bridge could have been built. There is a reasonable chance that it could be pre 1900. It might even date back to the 1880s.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

In truth, many of truss bridges can be repaired and maintained for lightweight vehicular traffic. If heavy farm equipment needs to get across the creek, the old bridge can always be reused somewhere else. These little pony trusses can be moved relatively easily.

Clearly there is a need for trail bridges based on the sheer number of MOBs that have been appearing in recent years.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 7, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

aah....I'm sure there are some standard, modern-day safety features not being met by these old beauties also....no railings for dozens of feet, slowly-rotting planks, not sure honestly I'd want my kids driving across these, but certainly modifications can and have been made on similar antiques to keep them safe, open, and viable...I wish this was ALWAYS the first default...

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice find! This one could be rather old given the fact that it's pin connected and every panel is countered.

Given the nearly complete eradication of truss bridges in this region in recent years, I fully expect this bridge to get demolished and replaced within the next couple of years.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 7, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Loooong approach on this one, great old form pillars, gorgeous spot