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South Fork Solomon River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2017

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BH Photo #414528

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over South Fork Solomon River, 2.5 mi. east of Alton
Location
Osborne County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1923
Design
Through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 122.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.46683, -98.89658   (decimal degrees)
39°28'01" N, 98°53'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/508896/4368588 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Alton
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
30
Inventory numbers
KS 000710651903740 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18346 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 55.3 (out of 100)
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Categories 

Built 1923 (553)
Built during 1920s (9,053)
Doomed (1,046)
Functionally obsolete (7,794)
Kansas (2,844)
Open (37,140)
Osborne County, Kansas (24)
Owned by county (19,008)
Skewed (4,773)
Solomon River (7)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,096)
Through truss (13,178)
Total length 100-125 feet (4,762)
Truss (29,876)

Update Log 

  • December 23, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • January 18, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Solomon River"
  • July 7, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved Pin. Doomed.

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com

Comments 

South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted December 23, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I know that you can't unring a bell, but perhaps you can undoom a bridge...

South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted December 23, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Agree with all that, Robert - reminds me of that funky Neosho bridge, love it - except for collapsed road/approach on west side, this one is easy access on east side with little to no hinderance for folks to stroll on and enjoy - the way it should be.

South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted December 23, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Osborne County needs to be commended for building the new bridge on a new alignment. The fact that this bridge still exists is very good news.

I would welcome any opportunities to work with Osborne County to ensure the long term preservation of this bridge. This bridge is a great example of a 1920s riveted Pratt truss. In addition, it sits between a riveted Warren pony and a pin-connected Pratt pony. All three of these bridges in close proximity make for a great interpretation opportunity.

Again, hats off to the county for not demolishing this bridge at the outset. This site is proof that a new bridge and a historic bridge can stand next to each other. History gets preserved while heavy vehicles get to use a modern bridge.

South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted December 23, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Very cool - obviously NOT OPEN, diverted by new bridge running in more of a NE direction right next to it, unique and pleasing angled offset entryways, great elevation currently over low-level creek, no sign of plaques of course - hope it's kept, easy-access and solid timbers pretty inviting

South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted January 18, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The KHRI now claims that this one is potentially NRHP eligible. This Pratt through truss has some unique aspects and I really hope that it is still in place.

I have not had a chance to go Bridgehunting in Osborne County, but there are some potentially significant bridges there.

South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted July 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That would be nice. There are/was three truss bridges in a span of roughly three miles on this road.

South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted July 7, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Maybe they had a momentary (and Rare) attack of common sense!

...Well, one can hope!

South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted July 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I wondered that myself, especially as Highway 24 is immediately to the north.

South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted July 7, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Humans are rare from here west to the Rockies as well. Which begs the question why does a bridge with over 50% sufficiency and an ADT of 30 need to be replaced?

South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted July 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was scheduled for demolition in 2014. The NBI indicates that it was extant in 2015. Through trusses are rare from this point west to the Rockies, so it would be a shame to lose this one.

http://khri.kansasgis.org/index.cfm?in=141-0000-00060