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Ninnescah River Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder


BH Photo #110324


Street View 


Through truss bridge over Ninnescah River, 2.0 mi. east and 3.8 mi. south of Belle Plaine
Sumner County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1962
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 140.1 ft.
Total length: 567.8 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.33662, -97.24077   (decimal degrees)
37°20'12" N, 97°14'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/655843/4133666 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000961210 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18621 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 62.7 (out of 100)
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Built 1962 (218)
Built during 1960s (2,036)
Have street view (27,060)
Kansas (3,195)
Open (39,975)
Owned by county (20,846)
Pratt through truss (5,423)
Pratt truss (9,344)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,236)
Sumner County, Kansas (32)
Through truss (15,173)
Total length 500-1000 feet (2,877)
Truss (32,953)

Update Log 

  • May 16, 2012: New photos from Mike LeMasters
  • July 10, 2010: New photos from Robert
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • February 27, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Overview" and "Design"


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Robert - gin-rob [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Mike LeMasters


Ninnescah River Bridge
Posted June 1, 2008, by mk (spam [dot] me [dot] not99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Whoops! My mistake- I thought this was the bridge near Clearwater (the old west bridge on 103rd Street, which looked nearly identical to this one). Please disregard my comment, as it doesn't apply to this particular bridge. ~_^

Ninnescah River Bridge
Posted June 1, 2008, by mk (spam [dot] me [dot] not99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was demolished and replaced a few years ago. I used to go fishing there on occasion; flooding (notably the big floods during 1985) had caused considerable damage to the understructure. Traffic passing across the bridge would make the entire structure shake and chunks of concrete would fall off, to the point it was dangerous to be under the thing at all.

Ninnescah River Bridge
Posted May 31, 2007, by Robert L. Elder (Bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

A four span, 7 panel riveted Pratt through truss. Sumner County forbids standing on this bridge, thus both pictures, including the "barrel shot" were taken using a zoom lens and then cropped. Photos were taken in February of 2005

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.