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Ratner Road Bridge


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Lost three-span concrete arch bridge over Wakarusa River on Ratner Road, 6.5 mi. east and 0.5 mi. north of Wakarusa
Shawnee County, Kansas
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1914, replaced 2012.
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 54.1 ft.
Total length: 168.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.89767, -95.57625   (decimal degrees)
38°53'52" N, 95°34'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/276580/4308575 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
KS 000891009004521 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18557 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 9, 2012: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited multiple categories to reflect that this bridge is lost.
  • March 17, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link.


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Ratner Road Bridge
Posted February 12, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

A photograph of the new bridge can be seen here.


I have driven over the old bridge a few times, but I never got a chance to photograph the substructure due to very heavy vegetation. You used to approach this bridge via a tunnel of trees from either direction. Crossing this bridge felt like taking a trip back to 1917. Although the old bridge no doubt had some problems, it also had outstanding historical integrity. The ornate balustrade railings were in much better condition that those on similar bridges in the region.

Ratner Road Bridge
Posted July 9, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Ironically, this bridge was in much better condition than the now beautifully restored Cottonwood Falls Bridge. http://bridgehunter.com/ks/chase/cottonwood-falls/

It was good to see the Cottonwood Falls Bridge restored, but this bridge actually retained more historic integrity and original material.

This bridge was also on a very scenic stretch of Ratner Road.

Ratner Road Bridge
Posted July 9, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

So much for that beautiful Balustrade railing...

Ratner Road Bridge
Posted July 9, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Thanks for the update. I will update the page to reflect that this bridge is lost. I look forward to seeing the photographs on here.


Ratner Road Bridge
Posted July 9, 2012, by Cherie (grullotobi [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is currently being replaced :o( I have pictures before demo. post a pic of the new one when done. :o( 7/09/2012

Ratner Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a beauty with it's balustrade railing.....now THIS is what a Kansas bridge on this site should look like!

We need Sheldon to get some pics of it for us!