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Spring Creek Bridge



Pony truss bridge over Spring Creek, 0.5 mi. south and 1.6 mi. west of Gypsum
Saline County, Kansas
Removed but not replaced
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 48.9 ft.
Total length: 69.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.69639, -97.45639   (decimal degrees)
38°41'47" N, 97°27'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/634236/4284216 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
KS 000850807404800 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18505 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2007)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 27.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)


Kansas (2,754)
Lost (19,098)
One-lane traffic (7,439)
Owned by county (19,009)
Pony truss (15,119)
Saline County, Kansas (45)
Span length 25-50 feet (13,835)
Structurally deficient (18,591)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,560)
Truss (29,638)
Wooden deck (5,882)

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: I hope there is a massive pony truss park going up somewhere in Saline County!



Spring Creek Bridge
Posted August 20, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


A Pony truss park would be nice. The bad news is that Saline County experienced a catastrophic flood in 2007 which damaged or destroyed many of its bridges. The good news is that the few survivors are of high significance. This includes some that were likely built by the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Works in the 1880s, as well as the through truss that looks a bit like a CBW.

Saline County has a great opportunity to save these last few bridges. There is currently a plan underway to rehabilitate the old Channel of the Smoky Hill River in Salina...