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Amelia Earhart Bridge (2012)




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Written by Robert Elder

Yes, I know this bridge is modern. In fact, it does not even appear in the NBI yet. I decided to add it for two reasons.

1. It is more interesting than a pre-stressed concrete slab, and some of the engineering folks on here might find it interesting.

2. Any updated streetviews can be placed on this page, instead of the page for the historic Amelia Earhart bridge.


Network arch bridge over Missouri River on U.S. 59
Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas, and Buchanan County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 2012, replacing the historic Amelia Earhart Bridge
Network arch
Length of largest span: 526.9 ft.
Total length: 2,545.7 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 69.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.55940, -95.11349   (decimal degrees)
39°33'34" N, 95°06'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/318431/4380990 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Atchison East
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
KDOT 0003-B0055 (Kansas Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 58889 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2013)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 91 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 3, 2016: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • February 12, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • November 26, 2013: Essay added by Robert Elder

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  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Amelia Earhart Bridge (New)
Posted November 26, 2013, by Kelly McClanahan

Glad you added it. I was going to, but never got around to it, and considering the old bridge is now gone, it is fitting. As for it being modern, it is no different than the Kit Bond Bridge that replacing the Peso.