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Alta Vista Overpass


Looking west

Photo taken by Carol R Swenson in October 2010


BH Photo #184164


Street View 


Written by Carol R Swenson

The "railroad bridge" is located at the west end of Sea Street on the edge of Alta Vista, just south of the Co-op elevator. Just east of the bridge, the now paved Sea Street becomes a gravel road heading west to Kansas highway 177. I will always remember the sound of the rumbling, wooden planks as vehicles crossed the one-lane bridge coming in to or leaving town, passing above the Rock Island railroad tracks.


Wooden bridge over Rock Island Railroad on A Avenue at Alta Vista
Alta Vista, Wabaunsee County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1930
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Length of largest span: 38.1 ft.
Total length: 149.9 ft.
Deck width: 17.4 ft.
Also called
Alta Vista Rock Island Bridge
Alta Vista railroad overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.86235, -96.49393   (decimal degrees)
38°51'44" N, 96°29'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/717439/4304486 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Alta Vista
Land survey
T. 14 S., R. 8 E., Sec. 2
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
KS 000990909404565 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 46752 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 41 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 27, 2019: New photos from Ron Reber
  • April 28, 2019: New photo from David Larson
  • September 6, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • March 7, 2011: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • October 31, 2010: Essay added by Carol R Swenson


  • Carol R Swenson
  • Sheldon Wiens
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • David Larson
  • Ron Reber