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Republican River Bridge

Old Bridge to the Left

The Manhattan Mercury: May 26 1966

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BH Photo #458165

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Facts 

Overview
Lost Warren Cantilever truss over Republican River on 6th Street (K 82)
Location
Clay County, Kansas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1936; Replaced 1966
Builders
- Wheelock Construction Co.
- Works Progress Administration
Design
Warren Cantilever through truss with all verticals
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 180.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.21657, -97.00461   (decimal degrees)
39°12'60" N, 97°00'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/672263/4342706 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 86957 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 14, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 13, 2019: Updated by Luke: Builders
  • October 13, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 13, 2019: Added by Tony Dillon

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Luke

Comments 

K-82 Republican River Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Luke

Found an article with builders for this one: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/486811626/

Old 6th Street-Republican River Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Luke

Amendment to the previous comment: The bridge was likely built post 1935, as this still from a USGS report about a flood shows a two span Pratt:

Old 6th Street-Republican River Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thank you guys! I told Melissa something looked off and I was actually trying to find one of those to compare with. Not a type I am very familiar with for sure!!

Old 6th Street-Republican River Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Oh I love the thought of it being inundated but I believe it was removed.

Old 6th Street-Republican River Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Anonymous

Okay, I guess the article mentioned that the bridge would be removed. Too bad. There are only two Kansas cantilevers left to the best of my knowledge. One in Kansas, and one in Nebraska.

Old 6th Street-Republican River Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Anonymous

The Republican River is large enough here that a Kansas cantilever would make sense. there used to be one a little farther downstream near Junction City. I drove across it a few times in the late 90s before it was replaced.

Old 6th Street-Republican River Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Luke

I concur that that's a Kansas Kantilever.

Old 6th Street-Republican River Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Anonymous

I suspect that this might have been a Kansas cantilever. there is even a remote chance that it might still be extant under the water.