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Sappa Creek Bridge



Deck truss bridge over Sappa Creek, 1.5 mi. east and 17.0 mi. north of Clayton
Norton County, Kansas
Closed to all traffic
Deck truss
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 87.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.97995, -100.13161   (decimal degrees)
39°58'48" N, 100°07'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/403377/4426145 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
KS 000690523003024 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18320 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2008)
Sufficiency rating: 21.2 (out of 100)
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Closed (2,668)
Deck truss (1,729)
Kansas (3,191)
Norton County, Kansas (21)
One-lane traffic (7,606)
Owned by county (20,778)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,664)
Structurally deficient (14,211)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,583)
Truss (32,771)
Wooden deck (6,069)

Update Log 

  • June 20, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved Pin.


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


Sappa Creek Bridge
Posted August 26, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I did not get a chance to visit this bridge on my recent trip either.

In case anybody decides to go Bridgehunting in Norton County, make sure you have a plan in place before you head out that way. Norton county is extremely rural and you might have difficulty accessing Bridgehunter or any other internet sites as a reference while you are in the field unless you have a hotspot or some other whiz-bang technology. Take a paper map and have it marked in advance. My recent trip here was more or less a mad dash while trying to chase the eclipse into western Nebraska. Had I been more prepared I could have probably visited a couple more bridges.

That being said, I have always liked Norton County and I would love to go back and look at some more bridges there. If you like wide open spaces, rolling hills, prairie landscapes, and unusual Pony trusses then you will like Norton County.

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

I have not found a KSHS page for this bridge. It is almost certainly a small pony truss, not a deck truss. Recent Google imagery reveals that the bridge is still standing.

The only Sappa Creek Bridge in the KHRI is a Canton Bridge Co. Inverted Kinpost/Lattice bridge that has been abandoned and transferred back to the landowner:


Norton County has demolished a few bridges, but lately the county seems to abandon them in place or move them to a place where they can be preserved. Norton County is known for a collection of small, but significant, pony trusses.