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Third Street Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by Robert L Elder

BH Photo #103173

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Pipe Creek on 3rd Street in Minneapolis
Location
Ottawa County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1915
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Span length: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 80.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.12322, -97.71243   (decimal degrees)
39°07'24" N, 97°42'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/611300/4331240 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Minneapolis South
Land survey
T. 11 S., R. 4 W., Sec. 1
Inventory numbers
KS 000720779704206 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18364 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2016)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 30.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2001)
400

Update Log 

  • August 23, 2017: New photos from Robert Elder
  • March 17, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Made slight adjustment to GPS Coordinates.
  • September 11, 2006: Posted photos from Robert L Elder

Sources 

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

Comments 

Third Street Bridge
Posted September 7, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The Melan system used a series of parallel arched steel reinforcing, often small trusses. See fig. 5 here:

http://www.bma.arch.unige.it/pdf/construction_history_2009/v...

Although the steel may be covered by concrete it is sometimes possible to see a series of lines running parallel to the direction of travel indicating where the metal is beneath (above) the concrete.

Luten strategically placed his steel in the areas under highest tension, e.g. the bottom of the highest part of the arch, saving weight.

Third Street Bridge
Posted September 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I need to inspect this bridge closer when the leaves are off the trees, but I am curious if it might be a rare example of a Melan arch.

Are there any Closed-Spandrel experts out there?