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Alta Vista Overpass

Photos 

Looking west

Photo taken by Carol R Swenson in October 2010

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BH Photo #184164

Map 

Street View 

Essay 

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.

Facts 

Overview
Wooden bridge over Rock Island Railroad on A Avenue at Alta Vista
Location
Alta Vista, Wabaunsee County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1930
Railroad
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
Dimensions
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
Inventory numbers
KS 000990909404565 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 46752 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2015)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 32.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
30

Update Log 

  • March 7, 2011: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • October 31, 2010: Essay added by Carol R Swenson

Sources 

  • Carol R Swenson
  • Sheldon Wiens