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Little Soldier Creek Bridge

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Overview
Pony truss bridge over Little Soldier Creek on NW 94th Street, 2.3 mi. west and 8.7 mi. north of US 24
Location
Shawnee County, Kansas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge in 2017.
History
Built ca. 1930; rehabilitated 1965; replaced 2017.
Design
Pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 132.8 ft.
Deck width: 23.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.21650, -95.75922   (decimal degrees)
39°12'59" N, 95°45'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/261785/4344430 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grove
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
50
Inventory numbers
KS 000890987704080 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18539 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 31 (out of 100)
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Categories 

Built during 1930s (10,843)
Have street view (24,062)
Kansas (2,860)
Lost (19,930)
Lost 2017 (166)
Lost during 2010s (2,311)
Owned by county (19,094)
Pony truss (15,233)
Replaced by new bridge (13,201)
Shawnee County, Kansas (68)
Skewed (4,789)
Span length 75-100 feet (5,989)
Structurally deficient (17,859)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,428)
Truss (29,973)

Update Log 

  • May 29, 2017: Updated by Aaron Hall: The bridge was removed in 2017 and a new bridge is being built.
  • January 28, 2017: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • October 15, 2015: New Street View added by Don Morrison

Sources 

  • Don Morrison
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • KHRI - Kansas Historical Resources Inventory.
  • Aaron Hall - ahall [at] vitaphone [dot] net

Comments 

Little Soldier Creek Bridge
Posted January 13, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The places with the extra holes seem to have bolts and some welding. It looks like this truss was rebuilt and got a "C" channel welded along the end posts and top chord.

Little Soldier Creek Bridge
Posted January 13, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I see it now! It has been sitting there for a few months.

Little Soldier Creek Bridge
Posted January 12, 2018, by Don Morrison

Google Earth shows the bridge sitting near the new bridge.

Little Soldier Creek Bridge
Posted January 12, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Interestingly, the top chords on this bridge have a bunch of unused rivet holes. Perhaps there was some recycling/modifications going on during the construction or rehabilitation of this bridge.

Little Soldier Creek Bridge
Posted January 12, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge might not be as lost as we think...

A photograph of a bridge in the area (Pratt-Warren Hybrid identical to this one) has appeared in a Facebook group (sorry, closed group, can't share). The photograph appears to be depicting this bridge sitting on dry land. I don't know the exact location for the dry land bridge other than that it is supposed to be in Menoken Township.

This is/was/still is an unusual bridge despite the fact that it was built ca. 1930 when truss bridges were largely standardized. It is worth of preservation if it does in fact still exist somewhere.

Little Soldier Creek Bridge
Posted May 29, 2017, by Aaron Hall (ahall [at] vitaphone [dot] net)

I visited the site today. The old bridge is gone and the new concrete bridge is well along into being built.

Little Soldier Creek Bridge
Posted January 28, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is/was an interesting bridge - it was an uncommon hybrid between a Pratt and Warren. It was documented by KSHS ca. 2016, likely due to its impending demise.

Little Soldier Creek Bridge likely to be replaced
Posted October 15, 2015, by Aaron Hall (ahall [at] vitaphone [dot] net)

This bridge will likely be replaced in the next year. From the Topeka Capital-Journal: http://cjonline.com/news/2015-10-13/shawnee-county-consider-...

"A 2014 report listed the bridge as fracture critical, structurally deficient and obsolete, according to a memo Thomas Flanagan, deputy director of public works, sent the commission. About 80 percent, or $672,000, of the $876,452 cost to replace the bridge will be funded through a Kansas Department of Transportation grant. The remaining $212,662 will be paid through the 2004 countywide half-cent sales tax, and about 5 percent will come from Jackson County because the road runs along the county line."