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Deep Creek Bridge



Photo taken June 2007 by Nicole Beck

BH Photo #103177



Pony truss bridge over Deep Creek on a dead-end road, 1.4 mi. south and 8.4 mi. east of Manhattan
Riley County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1920
Pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 81.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.15884, -96.40740   (decimal degrees)
39°09'32" N, 96°24'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/724010/4337605 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint George
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
Inventory numbers
KS 000810919004161 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18451 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 25 (out of 100)
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Built during 1920s (9,738)
Kansas (3,174)
One-lane traffic (7,558)
Open (39,231)
Owned by county (20,396)
Pin-connected (3,831)
Pony truss (15,995)
Pratt pony truss (3,573)
Pratt truss (9,103)
Riley County, Kansas (23)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,333)
Structurally deficient (14,899)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,481)
Truss (32,188)
Wooden deck (6,031)

Update Log 

  • January 6, 2017: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • February 3, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • July 9, 2007: Posted photos from Nicole Beck


  • Nicole Beck - prairieroads06 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


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

Also, this bridge was not built ca. 1920. This is probably a default date. Ca. 1900 is more likely.

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

This bridge has an unusual feature, which Nick's photo shows well; the lower chord angles upward to meet the base of the endposts.

Deep Creek Bridge
Posted July 29, 2015, by Robert Thompson

Well, at least the lower chord is in tension. If it was in compression, the bridge would not be standing.

Deep Creek Bridge
Posted July 28, 2015, by Erik Hoffman

This bridge has severe damage to the lower chord.

Deep Creek Bridge
Posted July 3, 2007, by Nicole Beck (prairieroads06 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Photos taken March, 2007. Visible from Highway 18, a short way east of Zeandale.