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Grouse Creek Deck Truss Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in April 2018


BH Photo #423251


Street View 


Deck truss bridge over Grouse Creek on former K-38 just east of the intersection with K-15, north of Dexter
Cowley County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1941
Warren deck truss
Length of largest span: 160.1 ft.
Total length: 465.8 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.24426, -96.70645   (decimal degrees)
37°14'39" N, 96°42'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/703431/4124434 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 32 S., R. 7 E., Sec. 19 & 30
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000180910 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17632 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 35.3 (out of 100)
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Built 1941 (445)
Built during 1940s (3,932)
Cowley County, Kansas (66)
Deck truss (1,620)
Have street view (25,684)
Kansas (3,146)
Open (38,505)
Owned by county (20,174)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,011)
Total length 250-500 feet (4,931)
Truss (31,443)
Warren deck truss (580)
Warren truss (6,295)

Update Log 

  • April 13, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • December 20, 2013: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • May 18, 2012: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens


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


Grouse Creek Deck Truss Bridge
Posted April 14, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am amazed that this one has not been demolished. As of a few years ago it was considered a high priority for replacement because it was thought to be just like the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis. Apples and oranges.

Grouse Creek Deck Truss Bridge
Posted April 13, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Not seen one like this in Kansas. Love this thing. "Majestic" comes to mind....very cool

Grouse Creek Deck Truss Bridge
Posted December 20, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bing Bird's Eye now has a nice view of the deck truss. I imagine this bridge will probably be demolished soon given the fact that it has a rating in the 20s and is a deck truss.