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BNSF - Kansas River Bridge (Topeka)

Photos 

Photo taken by Dylan Edwards

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)

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BH Photo #242855

Map 

Street View 

Description 

From North to South:

Span #1 - 6 Panel Warren Through Truss (Built 1968)
Span #2/#3 - 7 Panel Pratt Through Trusses (Built 1909)
Span #4 - 6 Panel Pratt Through Truss, Built Ca. 1902 and relocated here 1952
Span #5 - 6 Panel Baltimore Through Truss (Built 1952)
Span #6 - 7 Panel Pratt Through Truss (Built 1909)
Through Plate Girder Span (Built 1909)
I-Beam Span (Built 1968)

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Kansas River on the BNSF Railway in Topeka
Location
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1909, 2 Spans Replaced 1952, Lengthened 1968
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Design
From North to South
1 six panel Warren through truss
2 seven panel Pratt through truses
1 six panel Pratt through truss
1 six panel Baltimore through truss
1 seven panel Pratt through truss
1 plate through girder approach
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 999.7 ft.
Also called
ATSF Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.06205, -95.66066   (decimal degrees)
39°03'43" N, 95°39'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/269793/4327032 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Topeka
Inventory number
BH 18537 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Average daily traffic (as of 2001)
3,501

Update Log 

  • September 6, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 5, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • December 4, 2015: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Lattice Railing"
  • January 18, 2014: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • February 12, 2013: Updated by Chris Knight: Added category "Collapsed"
  • November 12, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad", "Railroad", "Union Pacific Railroad"
  • April 30, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Design description, Number of main spans (6), Span configuration, and Categories.
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link

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