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Ninnescah River Bridge


Niccescah River bridge

Replacement for the old bridge.

Photo taken by Mike LeMasters in July 2010


BH Photo #171417


Street View 


Lost pony truss bridge over Ninnescah River, 1.8 mi. west of Clearwater
Sedgwick County, Kansas
Replaced by a new bridge
Lost 2000
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 141.0 ft.
Total length: 721.9 ft.
Deck width: 19.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.50500, -97.53833   (decimal degrees)
37°30'18" N, 97°32'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/629191/4151899 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000871280 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18519 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 99.5 (out of 100)
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Have street view (27,992)
Kansas (3,260)
Lost (27,328)
Lost 2000 (402)
Lost during 2000s (4,324)
Owned by county (21,383)
Pony truss (16,801)
Replaced by new bridge (18,553)
Sedgwick County, Kansas (22)
Skewed (4,973)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,343)
Total length 500-1000 feet (2,976)
Truss (34,672)

Update Log 

  • July 6, 2011: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • August 1, 2010: New photo from Mike LeMasters


  • Mike LeMasters
  • Sheldon Wiens


Ninnescah River Bridge
Posted September 21, 2021, by Kevin Dawson (Kadawson at the Gmail dotcom)

I miss the bridge for historical reasons, but a few of the floods we had really did a number on it. Also, there's not that fear factor of whether or not heading out towards Viola across the bridge at the wrong time might have you playing a game of "chicken" with a wide vehicle. My grandmother owned the flower shop in Clearwater for ages [Macredie Floral, Helen Jane Crews] and I remember going on deliveries out that way in the 80s. It was a bit of a graffiti magnet and to be honest it used to creep me out and I'd hold my breath going over it. The new bridge is wider, has abutments further up the bank, fewer visual obstructions, and is safer, but the old bridge was just cool. I graduated CHS in '96, and this was by far the coolest of the 3 bridges over the Ninnescah in the immediate area.

Ninnescah River Bridge
Posted June 1, 2008, by mk (spam [dot] me [dot] not99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The original truss bridge was demolished and replaced with a wide, sturdy concrete structure. I remember the original bridge very well; it was two lane, but in all actuality it was better/safer to consider it a one lane bridge. Had a few very close calls driving across it! Also, the flooding in 1985 did extensive damage to the understructure. I'd never seen water flow over the bridge before, but it did then- and large trees were snagged up in it. What a mess (one of the guys I went to school with actually climbed over the side and walked on them, trying to kick 'em loose! what a genius haha) It was a rickety affair; the whole thing would shake like mad. I spent a lot of time fishing out there, and it was dangerous to be under it- cars passing overhead would cause hunks of concrete to fall!