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Caney River Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in September 2017


BH Photo #402049



Through truss bridge over Caney River, 0.7 mi. west of Hewins on Dalton Rd (RS 95)
Chautauqua County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1915
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 122.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.04111, -96.42139   (decimal degrees)
37°02'28" N, 96°25'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/729332/4102542 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cedar Vale East
Land survey
T. 34 S., R. 9 E., Sec. 33
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000100030 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17534 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 36.5 (out of 100)
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Built 1915 (1,242)
Built during 1910s (9,781)
Caney River (16)
Chautauqua County, Kansas (40)
Fence guardrail (254)
Kansas (3,228)
Open (40,227)
Owned by county (21,168)
Pratt through truss (5,582)
Pratt truss (9,588)
Riveted (2,232)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,453)
Through truss (15,607)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,251)
Truss (33,701)

Update Log 

  • September 11, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler



Caney River Bridge
Posted September 12, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

No evidence of new bridge construction that I saw. Little towns of Hewins and Osro next door to east all but dried up, sad, but pretty area.

Caney River Bridge
Posted September 11, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It has been years since I have crossed this bridge so I'm really glad to see that it's still in place. Did you see any evidence of new bridge construction?

If Chautauqua County wanted to build a new bridge, it would be very easy to bypass this bridge to the south. Chautauqua County has lost several historic bridges over the last couple decades, but this one should be a good candidate for preservation as it is in such a rural area and on a rather scenic drive to boot.

Caney River Bridge
Posted September 11, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Very tidy little thru-truss. Can hardly believe the county is keeping this one, saw noone in the hour I spent there relaxing - zero traffic, very remote....but why "fix what ain't broke"? A classic.