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Neosho River Bridge (Old)

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Overview
Pony truss bridge over Neosho River on K-39/K-57
Location
Neosho County, Kansas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built ca. 1950, replaced 2003
Design
Pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 1,129.6 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.68237, -95.41929   (decimal degrees)
37°40'57" N, 95°25'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/286663/4173328 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chanute
Land survey
T. 27 S., R. 18 E., Sec. 22
Inventory numbers
KDOT 0067-B0024 (Kansas Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 18301 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2003)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 36.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
2,990

Update Log 

  • February 17, 2017: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Sequenced Bridge
  • October 7, 2015: Updated by Clark Vance: Bridge has been replaced

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Comments 

Neosho River Bridge (Old)
Posted February 18, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It looks like the Austin Bridge to me. The postcard appears to show a large King Bowstring Bridge that largely follows their older design. If you visit the Austin Bridge today, you will notice that it lacks any lacing on the outriggers and verticals. The bridge in the postcard indicates that this Bowstring lacks lacing as well.

Neosho River Bridge (Old)
Posted February 18, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Bowstring in question? Circa 1906

Neosho River Bridge (Old)
Posted February 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mystery bridges are fun, though. Once in a very great while, they even resurface..

Neosho River Bridge (Old)
Posted February 17, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Maybe a Trolley line? Its a Mystery.

Neosho River Bridge (Old)
Posted February 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

On second thought, looking at the postcard, I think that I see a Bowstring (Austin Bridge perhaps), behind the Parker truss.

Maybe the P.E. Lane truss was somewhere else. I would like to have that one back. It was an exceptionally ornate span, as would be expected from P.E. Lane.

Neosho River Bridge (Old)
Posted February 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Very interesting. Makes me wonder where this one was with respect to the P.E. Lane Pratt. Maybe one of the two bridges was north of town...

Neosho River Bridge (Old)
Posted February 17, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

1907 postcard not sure which crossing

Neosho River Bridge (Old)
Posted February 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove across this bridge once, but never had a chance to photograph it. I just remember that it was a multi span pony truss.

There was once a P.E. Lane Pratt Truss over the Neosho River at Chanute. I believe that this bridge replaced it. I suspect that the P.E. Lane bridge replaced the Austin Bridge (Bowstring), which is now a relocated pedestrian bridge.