2 votes

Captain Creek Bridge


This bridge is a skewed, riveted, Warren pony truss. The easiest access is from the west. This photo was taken looking east.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in March 2005


BH Photo #111728

Street View 


Pony truss bridge over Captain Creek on W. 127th St., 1.4 mi. east of Douglas Co. Line
Johnson County, Kansas
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1916
Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 84.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.89883, -95.03013   (decimal degrees)
38°53'56" N, 95°01'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/323949/4307509 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
KS 000461067404520 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17879 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 36.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built 1916 (742)
Built during 1910s (10,183)
Have street view (30,157)
Johnson County, Kansas (49)
Kansas (3,287)
Lost (31,192)
One-lane traffic (8,096)
Owned by county (21,938)
Pony truss (17,474)
Replaced by new bridge (21,235)
Skewed (5,098)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,785)
Total length 75-100 feet (7,011)
Truss (37,785)
Warren pony truss (3,623)
Warren truss (7,162)

Update Log 

  • March 11, 2021: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • February 2, 2018: Updated by David Backlin: Updated to Doomed
  • February 2, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 25, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates
  • November 16, 2008: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Bridge location updated.
  • February 27, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"
  • February 12, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder



Captain Creek Bridge
Posted March 11, 2021, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Exactly my thoughts Tony, ridiculous

Captain Creek Bridge
Posted March 11, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

...And a complete waste of taxpayer dollars for a scantly travelled road that leads to 1 or 2 houses and a cemetery.

Captain Creek Bridge
Posted March 11, 2021, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Visited today, officially swapped out 2018. Another snoozer replacement 🙄

Captain Creek Bridge
Posted February 2, 2018, by Mike Calderwood (mcwood52 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bridge is scheduled to be replaced this year (2018).

Captain Creek Bridge
Posted January 29, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


I understand. However, this is a case where you know you have a $250k budget on a little used, relatively small bridge. Not a bad place to start and may be worth a look.


Art S.

Captain Creek Bridge
Posted January 28, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

One of the problems here is the problem that is at the core of why not only are historic bridges nationwide not being preserved, but also why bridges in general historic or not are not being maintained properly. The county only has to pay $250,000 to replace the bridge, since the Federal government is happy to waste the remaining $650,000 to replace the bridge. The Federal Government will not provide money to help the county repair the bridge however, so that must be paid for out of pocket. So say repair would cost $300,000. Its actually cheaper for the county to replace the bridge even though a greater amount of tax dollars in total will be spent (wasted). The only way the county would likely be convinced to repair the bridge would be to prove that a long-lasting rehabilitation could be done for less than $250,000. Without knowing what the exact problems with this bridge are, its hard to know if that is possible.

Captain Creek Bridge
Posted January 28, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unfortunately Art... It doesn't sound like the county officials have a clue that rehabilitation is a much more viable solution!

Captain Creek Bridge
Posted January 28, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I suspect there is an opportunity to fix this bridge rather than replace it as long as the repair saves the county money: