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Branch Canville Creek Bridge

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A four panel, pin connected, Bedstead pony truss.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in August 2005

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Overview
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Canville Creek on 3-18.4 Local, 3.4 mi. east and 1.0 mi. north of Odense
Location
Neosho County, Kansas
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic
History
Built 1903 by A. M. Blodgett, Kansas City, MO
Builder
- A.M. Blodgett of Kansas City, Missouri
Design
Bedstead Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 64.9 ft.
Total length: 110.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.71779, -95.18793   (decimal degrees)
37°43'04" N, 95°11'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/307160/4176757 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Stark
Inventory numbers
KS 000671053506140 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18284 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2010)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 19.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
25

Update Log 

  • July 8, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "A.M. Blodgett"
  • November 9, 2012: Updated by Robert Elder: This bridge has been closed to vehicles.
  • January 22, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates
  • October 1, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Fixed typo in History.
  • October 24, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Categories
  • July 30, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Categories
  • March 1, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder
  • February 27, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"
  • February 5, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Branch Canville Creek Bridge
Posted July 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the update. The southside used to be the easy way in but apparently not anymore. I suspect that this bridge may have been transitioned to private ownership. This happens frequently with bridges in Kansas. Of course, I would rather see a bridge become private then be demolished for no reason. At least this process does buy the bridge some time.

I am glad that I visited this bridge several years ago, even if I was not able to do a full and proper documentation.

Branch Canville Creek Bridge
Posted July 16, 2017, by Tom Sevart

This bridge is no longer accessible from the south side. There is a locked gate at 237th road.

Branch Canville Creek Bridge
Posted January 10, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

To clarify, 2015 imagery. The road from the South is probably your best bet for a site visit, assuming that this one does not get transferred back to the landowner

Branch Canville Creek Bridge
Posted January 10, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The NBI has not evaluated this bridge for several years, but the most recent satellite imagery indicates that it is still standing. Looking at the imagery, and recalling my site visit, I would suggest approaching from the south.

Neosho County has a great collection of abandoned bridges, and this is one of them.