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BNSF - US 75 (Topeka Boulevard) Overpass


odd thing indeed

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in April 2021


BH Photo #496071

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Build date comes from Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway bridge records at Temple, TX Railroad Museum.


Steel stringer bridge with Art Deco substructure over US 75 on Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1944
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Steel stringer with Art Deco substructure
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.98754, -95.68767   (decimal degrees)
38°59'15" N, 95°41'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/267211/4318830 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 12 S., R. 16 E., Sec. 19
Inventory number
BH 45422 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 21, 2021: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • January 4, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: added information from ATSF Bridge Records
  • July 8, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Date from plaque
  • June 2, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Overview and Design description
  • May 31, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


BNSF - US 75 (Topeka Boulevard) Overpass
Posted July 9, 2019, by Dana and Kay Klein

orthotropic deck? odd indeed

BNSF - US 75 (Topeka Boulevard) Overpass
Posted July 8, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm good with adding an "Odd Duck" category... Because I have no clue!

BNSF - US 75 (Topeka Boulevard) Overpass
Posted July 8, 2019, by Luke

This is certainly a bit of an odd duck... Reminds me of this bridge in Tony's backyard: http://bridgehunter.com/in/marion/bh84071/

And this one in Lawrence, Massachusetts: http://bridgehunter.com/ma/essex/c-rr-north-canal/

US 75 (Topeka Boulevard) Railroad Underpass
Posted May 31, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a unique railroad underpass. Although I have known about it for many years, I have never seen one exactly like it. I have added some Street View links if anybody would like to evaluate this structure.

For now, I am classifying it as a steel stringer as opposed to a tunnel. Please advise if there is a more appropriate category.