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McNeal Road Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in March 2017


BH Photo #383353



Lost pony truss bridge over West Branch, 6.0 mi. south and 12.0 mi. east of Junction City
Geary County, Kansas
Replaced by a new bridge
Built ca. 1910
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 49.9 ft.
Total length: 50.8 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Also called
West Branch Humboldt Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.91959, -96.60258   (decimal degrees)
38°55'11" N, 96°36'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/707844/4310586 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
White City
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
Inventory numbers
KS 000310899704486 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17755 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 27 (out of 100)
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Built during 1910s (9,711)
Geary County, Kansas (34)
Kansas (3,202)
Lost (25,273)
Owned by county (20,945)
Pony truss (16,315)
Replaced by new bridge (17,015)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,739)
Structurally deficient (14,025)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,326)
Truss (33,143)
Wooden deck (6,087)

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • December 14, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added road name



McNeal Road Bridge
Posted March 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, that is too bad. Overall, Geary County has done a great job of preserving historic bridges. I would have liked to have seen this one.

McNeal Road Bridge
Posted March 16, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

This one has recently been replaced. Looks like a piece of the old pony decking sitting off to the side of the new bridge.

McNeal Road Bridge
Posted January 6, 2017, by Matt Lohry

The shadows appear to indicate a 3-panel half-hip Pratt pony, very similar to this one in Washington County, Wisconsin:


McNeal Road Bridge
Posted January 6, 2017, by Anonymous

Kind of a Queen post shadow to it......

McNeal Road Bridge
Posted January 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This one has been on my bucket list for a while. Like many spans with a Kansas Default Date of 1910, it may be pre-1900. This bridge does not appear in the KHRI. That being said, Google Maps clearly indicates a pony truss.

For whatever it is worth, P.E. Lane apparently built a 50 foot span somewhere in Geary (Davis) County. Whether or not it is this bridge, is pure speculation at best.

P.E. Lane Catalogue: