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UP - Kansas River Bridge #2

Photos 

View from bluff

Photo taken by James Baughn

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BH Photo #103270

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Kansas River on the Union Pacific Railroad
Location
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1900, Shifted and East Span Added 1911
Railroads
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP; MoPac)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Pratt through truss
South bridge has screw jack lifting system
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 196.0 ft.
Total length: 515.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.09819, -94.61251   (decimal degrees)
39°05'53" N, 94°36'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/360559/4328910 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Inventory number
BH 18697 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 11, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 5, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • October 26, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited entry to only be for Ex-MoPac bridge
  • June 16, 2013: Updated by Max : Updated north bridge build date, photo evidence shows existance before 1903
  • August 22, 2011: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Location. The railroad crosses the state line, but the bridge does not.
  • March 31, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Builder
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link
  • April 24, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • April 23, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • July 6, 2006: Posted new photos

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

UP - Kansas River Bridge #2
Posted September 5, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

https://books.google.com/books?id=e0xRAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA54&lpg=P...

Interesting read on moving the Missouri Pacific Bridge

Kansas River Railroad Bridge No. 3
Posted July 13, 2013, by Kevin Anderson (iamcreated [at] att [dot] net)

South side of the South bridge

Kansas River Railroad Bridge No. 3
Posted July 13, 2013, by Kevin Anderson (Iamcreated [at] att [dot] net)

South Bridge East end from the levee May 2013 The North bridge is visible.

Kansas River Railroad Bridge No. 3
Posted February 11, 2010, by The Independent Rage (theindependentrage [at] live [dot] com)

Since I don't know where the information came from, I have no reason to question the stated 1909 date of construction for the north bridge (which I call the MoPac bridge). Rather, I just pass on some potentially conflicting information and would love for someone to clear this up. I was in KC's Union Station today, and they had a display that pictured the MoPac bridge crossing as of the 1903 Flood and observed (as I've read before on the Internet) that the MoPac bridge, as it existed in 1903, was the only bridge across the Kaw that survived the Flood of 1903. As the picture I saw portrayed, apparently they stuck 3 or 4 very weighty locomotives on the 3-span through truss bridge in order to prevent it from being swept away, which worked. Now, could that bridge (the only one to survive the 1903 Flood) have been replaced in 1909 with a new bridge at the same location? Certainly. But the 3-span through truss bridge I observed closely in the Union Station picture appears VERY MUCH to be the same one I observed tonight driving home down I-670. I have a sneaking suspicion that the MoPac bridge, as it currently exists, pre-dates 1903, which would make it the oldest existing bridge over the Kaw. But like I said, I've very open to links and proof and such bridge was actually replaced in 1909 (which again, except for the very similar appearances of the 1903 bridge and current 3-span through truss bridge, I don't have a basis to question). So someone please clear this up! ;)

Kansas River Railroad Bridge No. 3
Posted June 18, 2007, by Bill-KCKs (444 [dot] 850 [at] barnesfest [dot] com)

Updating the info about the Cattle Bridge that was between Railroad Bridge 3 & 4, it was demolished in November of 1974.

Kansas River Railroad Bridge No. 3
Posted March 24, 2007, by Bill-KCKs (444 [dot] 850 [at] barnesfest [dot] com)

The south bridge (UP) has a screw-jack lifting system, raising the bridge out of the path of floodwater. The jacks were last used in 1993. I don't recall when the jacks were installed; probably about the time the levees were built.

Evidently, UP never intended to raise the bridge, as they had installed continuous rail across the bridge. They had to cut the rail at each span in 1993 before lifting.

I have slides, somewhere, of the west end of the bridge in the lifted position, I believe the threads on the screw jacks are visible, too.

The abandoned overpass on the east end of the bridge was probably for cattle chutes from the old Kansas City Stockyards which were just south of this structure.

Between this bridge and Railroad Bridge No. 4, there was a cattle bridge from the Stockyards to the Swift & Company plant. That bridge was demolished in the late 60's, I think.

Kansas River Railroad Bridge No. 3
Posted December 31, 2006, by Bob Franke (glad6813 [at] netzero [dot] net)

There are two bridges at this location.

The north bridge (first bridge upstream of I-670) was used by the Missouri Pacific.

The south bridge (second bridge upstream of I-670) was used by the Union Pacific.

Both are used by the Union Pacific at this time.