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Hodges Road Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by Robert Elder

BH Photo #103200

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Middle Branch Wakarusa River on Hodges Road, 1.0 mi. west and 0.6 mi. south of Auburn
Location
Shawnee County, Kansas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built ca. 1920 by F.E. Marsh & Co.; replaced 2007
Builder
- F.E. Marsh & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
Design
Skewed, riveted, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 109.9 ft.
Total length: 111.8 ft.
Deck width: 17.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.89672, -95.83559   (decimal degrees)
38°53'48" N, 95°50'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/254083/4309138 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Auburn
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
90
Inventory numbers
KS 000890981004521 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18535 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 100 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 12, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "F.E. Marsh & Co."
  • March 25, 2011: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has apparently been replaced
  • February 8, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates for this bridge, which is probably lost.
  • July 15, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder
  • January 11, 2007: Posted photos from Robert Elder

Sources 

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

Comments 

Hodges Road Bridge
Posted April 8, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the tip. I just downloaded it. Good stuff!

Hodges Road Bridge
Posted April 8, 2011, by Matt Lohry

No, it's on the free version, in the toolbar at the top (where the ruler, pushpin markers, etc. are located). It's the button with the clock on it. When you push the button, a slide bar appears that has all of the available satellite views, with the earliest being all the way to the left (usually ca. 1992-1993).

Hodges Road Bridge
Posted April 8, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So, is the clock feature available only to paying members? I have not found it yet.

Hodges Road Bridge
Posted April 7, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes Matthew......I found that out as well!

Much of Indiana's imagery (which is some of the clearest I've seen) dates to Feb and March of 2005.

Hodges Road Bridge
Posted April 7, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

I did notice, Robert, that the news articles you referenced were both published in 2003, so most likely the repairs described did indeed take place. The bridge was repaired long enough to see it through to its 2007 demolition and replacement, which is again confirmed by Google Earth. Just a note about Google Earth if you ever go to see if a particular bridge still exists--Google uses the clearest satellite shot in any one particular area as its default when you log on; some of these default screens in Minnesota date back to 2005!! So, be sure to use the clock function and scroll to the year you're looking for to get the most updated images, otherwise they could fool you! It took me a little while to figure that out! :>)

Hodges Road Bridge
Posted April 7, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Newspapers frequently incorrectly describe the scope of work for bridge projects. The problem is made worse because some DOTs also describe a project where the superstructure is completely demolished and replaced, but the substructure is reused, as a "rehabilitation" which is equally misleading.

Hodges Road Bridge
Posted April 7, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the update Matt. I don't have access to the latest maps. I have long suspected that this bridge was gone. I guess that "repair" is now a euphemism for "replace".

Hodges Road Bridge
Posted April 7, 2011, by Matt Lohry

The 2009 Google Earth satellite view confirms that there is now a very large UCEB where this bridge was once located.

Hodges Road Bridge
Posted April 7, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This article indicates that a bridge in this area (and likely pertaining to this one) was repaired:

http://cjonline.com/stories/020803/com_topbriefs.shtml

Given the high sufficiency rating, I am not anticipating an "Elvis Bridge" however. If I was still in Kansas, I would do a field check.

Hodges Road Bridge
Posted April 7, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It appears that this bridge was rammed by a driver: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4179/is_20030122/ai_...

Apparently, it needed $7,700 worth of repair.

Hodges Road Bridge
Posted March 25, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah....and the sufficiency rating of 100% in the 2008 inspection is likely the icing on the cake...unfortunately.

Hodges Road Bridge
Posted March 25, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sheldon:

You are probably right. I also suspect that this bridge has been replaced.

Hodges Road Bridge
Posted March 25, 2011, by Sheldon Wiens (sheldon_wiens77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'd probably suggest that this bridge is now lost. On the road, streetview ends about ten yards north of the bridge right where there is a "Road Closed Ahead" sign. So that probably means this bridge was being replaced by a new one.