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West Creek Bridge

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Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in July 2017

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Overview
Beadstead pony truss bridge over West Creek, 3.0 mi. south and 1.2 mi. east of Rydal
Location
Republic County, Kansas
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio (Likely Fabricator)
Design
2-panel, pinned Bedstead Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 29.8 ft.
Total length: 75.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.76966, -97.68693   (decimal degrees)
39°46'11" N, 97°41'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/612461/4403016 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Belleville
Land survey
T. 3 S., R. 3 W., Sec. 20
Inventory numbers
KS 000790783203320 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18439 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2008)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 23.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
80

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed status and coordinates, added truss type and probable fabricator.
  • July 5, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler

Sources 

  • Nick Schmiedeler
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

West Creek Bridge
Posted July 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, this could be as old as the 1870s potentially. Those threaded rod connections are a great find.

West Creek Bridge
Posted July 5, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

An old one... And likely a WIBCo. product.

West Creek Bridge
Posted July 5, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

And it is another one obviously in this region that needs it's official status changed from "open" to "closed" if that is an easy step?

West Creek Bridge
Posted July 5, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

This one in fact is still existing, it is a funky design and cobbled together but overall pretty solid, neat little bedstead, lots of vocal and interested cows nearby this one also

West Creek Bridge
Posted July 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This one seems to have disappeared from the NBI. It might have been replaced by a culvert, or it might have been closed and rusting in peace.