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Tecumseh Creek Bridge

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I believe that when this bridge was built, it actually carried K-10 (and later US 40) into Tecumseh. This view looks southeast towards current US 40.

Photo taken by Aaron Hall in April 2013

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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BH Photo #392755

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Street View 

Description 

Tee-beam bridge over Tecumseh Creek in Tecumseh, Kansas. At the time this bridge was built, it would have been the main road into Tecumseh from the east.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete tee beam bridge over Tecumseh Creek on Laurel Rd. 314
Location
Tecumseh, Shawnee County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1919
Design
Concrete tee beam
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 45.9 ft.
Total length: 46.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.04646, -95.57348   (decimal degrees)
39°02'47" N, 95°34'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/277287/4325084 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
KS 000891009204309 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 73064 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2016)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 31.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
250

Update Log 

  • June 3, 2017: Updated by Aaron Hall: Updated description.
  • May 29, 2017: New photo from Aaron Hall
  • May 28, 2017: New photos from Aaron Hall
  • August 3, 2016: New Street View added by Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Aaron Hall - ahall [at] vitaphone [dot] net

Comments 

Tecumseh Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

A couple times...but some other, ahem, "contributors", cough, cough, posted under the name, Chelsea. Our webmaster was quick to remove them...

Tecumseh Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Robert... Don't you usually disguise yourself as Chelsea the Car?

Tecumseh Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am anonymous from below.

Tecumseh Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2017, by Anonymous

Aaron:

That "I can't believe I'm doing this feeling" is quite normal when photographing a bridge. I have gotten plenty of strange looks while documenting bridges. I look at it as a good opportunity to share my hobby with the locals. Many of them have seemed interested but I'm sure a few have concluded that I have a strange hobby.

Tecumseh Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2017, by Aaron Hall (ahall [at] vitaphone [dot] net)

I added one more photo (from the "I can't believe I'm doing this" collection), and it seems to remove any doubt that it's a tee-beam. Thanks, Robert, for the interesting question.

Tecumseh Creek Bridge
Posted May 29, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Aaron:

Thanks for uploading these photographs. Based on your images, it appears to me that the NBI is correct and that this is a tee-beam. As a pre-1920 bridge, it is also a relatively early example. If I was still in the area, I would definitely visit this one as well.

Tecumseh Creek Bridge
Posted May 28, 2017, by Aaron Hall (ahall [at] vitaphone [dot] net)

It turns out I have a few photos of this bridge, which I've uploaded. This is my neck of the woods, so hopefully I can get this direction before too long and see if I can get some good pictures of the underside of the bridge to conclusively answer Robert Elder's question of whether it's really a tee-beam bridge or a concrete through girder.