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Branch West Branch Mill Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Kevin Skow in July 2017

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BH Photo #398834

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Queenpost pony truss bridge over Trib West Branch Mill Creek, 2.7 mi. west of Volland
Location
Wabaunsee County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
Design
3-panel, pinned Queenpost pony truss (Likely wrought iron)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 39.0 ft.
Total length: 40.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.94492, -96.45535   (decimal degrees)
38°56'42" N, 96°27'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/720532/4313743 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Volland
Inventory numbers
KS 000990913504447 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18630 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2015)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 28.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
5

Update Log 

  • August 3, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • August 1, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
  • July 30, 2017: New photos from Kevin Skow
  • July 22, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved the pin. This bridge is not located on top of a hill...
  • August 28, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Design

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Kevin Skow - weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Branch West Branch Mill Creek Bridge
Posted August 1, 2017, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the kind words! I actually managed to stay dry for this shot since there is a small outcrop of rocks there that I could balance on. It was almost like a storybook setting with the pool of water under the bridge with no ripples at all in it with a waterfall nearby. Definitely a diamond in the rough!

Branch West Branch Mill Creek Bridge
Posted August 1, 2017, by Anonymous

Othmar H. Ammann nominations coming soon, certainly is a great Photo

Branch West Branch Mill Creek Bridge
Posted August 1, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photo of the year?

Branch West Branch Mill Creek Bridge
Posted August 1, 2017, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pic #3 of 11 is just Fab! Great shot! It looks like you got your feet wet taking the shot? GREAT Work! You might want to enlarge & enter this in a photo contest.

Branch West Branch Mill Creek Bridge
Posted July 30, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is definitely a beautiful little bridge! We now have confirmation that it does in fact have cruciform outriggers. This is a very significant span despite its small size. Cruciform outriggers are a rare find today.

This bridge would be a prime candidate for preservation if it ever needs to be replaced.

Branch West Branch Mill Creek Bridge
Posted July 30, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a beauty! Yes, I would say that those abutments are either original to this span or from an earlier one! The lightweight construction and design of the outriggers would suggest an 1880-1890 build date.

Thanks for the great pics Kevin!

Branch West Branch Mill Creek Bridge
Posted July 30, 2017, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Beautiful day to look at this bridge. The stone piers look to be original, and combined with the beautiful, placid pools of the stream below the bridge, made this a great one to photograph.

Branch West Branch Mill Creek Bridge
Posted July 22, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As far as I am concerned, this one should easily qualify. Some bridges in this area have not been surveyed in years, so that may be the issue.

Branch West Branch Mill Creek Bridge
Posted July 22, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Where do they get that this one shouldn't be NR eligible?

Branch West Branch Mill Creek Bridge
Posted July 22, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

KSHS has updated their KHRI link with additional photos (taken 1994). This bridge does have cruciform outriggers. This could easily be an 1880s bridge.

http://khri.kansasgis.org/index.cfm?in=197-0000-00222

Branch West Branch Mill Creek Bridge
Posted July 22, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a very old and very lightweight Queenpost pony truss. It appears to have cruciform outriggers, but a field check would confirm this.

Larry Hornbaker photo:

http://ke2013.smugmug.com/keyword/bridge/i-HnjDDqh/A