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Bee Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in April 2018


BH Photo #422529



Pony truss bridge over Bee Creek on Minor Ee.0-10.1, 7.0 mi. north and 2.0 mi. east of Niotaze
Chautauqua County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1930; rehabilitated 1992
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 38.0 ft.
Total length: 53.1 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.17988, -95.99125   (decimal degrees)
37°10'48" N, 95°59'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/234445/4119018 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Caney NW
Land survey
T. 33 S., R. 13 E., Sec. 16
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
KS 000100967006901 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17530 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 57.6 (out of 100)
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Built during 1930s (11,895)
Chautauqua County, Kansas (40)
Kansas (3,225)
One-lane traffic (7,638)
Open (40,205)
Owned by county (21,156)
Pin-connected (4,003)
Pony truss (16,510)
Pratt pony truss (3,729)
Pratt truss (9,582)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,885)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,390)
Truss (33,682)

Update Log 

  • November 23, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • April 12, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected location
  • April 12, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler



Bee Creek Bridge
Posted April 13, 2018, by Anonymous

This bridge has had an extra diagonal with turnbuckle added. This is an interesting little modification.

Bee Creek Bridge
Posted April 12, 2018, by Matt Lohry

I question whether the sufficiency and traffic count figures are actually for this bridge...it appears to be basically serving as someone's driveway, as the road ends at a house just past (west of) the bridge. The ADT of 30 seems much higher that what it could realistically be...and, if a bridge like this could score anything above 5, let alone 57, I would be amazed.

Bee Creek Bridge
Posted April 12, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Bridge pin should be moved a little north, it is at the end of dead-end Rd. 30 that leads into private property on other dide, just south of Independence Rd. Neat little thing, long curvy on Independence Rd. to get there, pretty desolate.