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Saline River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in February 2017

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BH Photo #379918

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Saline River, 2.0 mi. west and 3.0 mi. north of Shipton
Location
Saline County, Kansas, and Ottawa County, Kansas
Status
Closed to all traffic
Design
Through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 148.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.95812, -97.72435   (decimal degrees)
38°57'29" N, 97°43'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/610527/4312903 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Trenton
Inventory numbers
KS 000850779004440 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18502 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2007)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 24.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
7

Update Log 

  • February 22, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler

Sources 

  • Nick Schmiedeler

Comments 

Saline River Bridge
Posted February 22, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has 7 panels, which is quite a few for a Pratt through truss that is supposedly only 100 feet long. In other words, the panels on this bridge are just over 14 feet long assuming that the span length is correct. These are rather short panels, although older Pratts from the 1870s may have much shorter panels yet.

Generally speaking, older Pratt trusses of roughly 100 feet have shorter panels than newer Pratt trusses of roughly 100 feet. The same concept applies at lengths of roughly 80', 120', etc. Of course there are numerous exceptions to this rule, but from my observations it seems to pan out more often than not. Otherwise, this looks like a bridge that might have been constructed Ca. 1900.

Saline River Bridge
Posted February 22, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Kind of tricky getting to this one... have to enter from the south up the public road. Very pretty spot.... apart from the lumber missing looks very solid.

Saline River Bridge
Posted December 15, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)