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Stranger Creek Bridge


This eight panel, pin connected Pratt through truss spans Stranger Creek a short distance north of the Kansas Turnpike (I-70).

Photo taken by Robert Elder in November 2000


BH Photo #111154


Through truss bridge over Stranger Creek on Metro Avenue, 5.0 mi. north and 0.7 mi. east of Linwood
Leavenworth County, Kansas
Removed but not replaced
Pratt through truss
Timber stringer
Length of largest span: 138.1 ft.
Total length: 173.8 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 19.8 ft.
Also called
Bridge ST-57
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.07152, -95.02503   (decimal degrees)
39°04'17" N, 95°01'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/324817/4326665 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 11 S., R. 21 E., Sec. 25
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
KS 000521067704280 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17935 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Beam (16,946)
Kansas (3,271)
Leavenworth County, Kansas (38)
Lost (29,049)
Lost 2013 (382)
Lost during 2010s (3,621)
One-lane traffic (7,921)
Owned by county (21,656)
Pin-connected (4,868)
Pratt through truss (6,127)
Pratt truss (10,403)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,454)
Structurally deficient (12,823)
Through truss (17,185)
Timber stringer (4,339)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,231)
Truss (35,934)
Wooden deck (6,173)

Update Log 

  • October 13, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 4, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge is being demolished with no replacement planned.
  • July 4, 2013: Updated by Jason Smith: closed to traffic and possibly scheduled to be removed?
  • January 5, 2012: New photo from James Grooms
  • May 5, 2010: Updated by Joshua Collins: added timber stringer to approach design
  • March 17, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates
  • July 15, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated categories
  • February 28, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"
  • February 4, 2008: New photo from Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • James Grooms - Jayb2664 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Stranger Creek Bridge
Posted October 13, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Demolition has been completed for some time now. Bridge gone.....sadness....

Stranger Creek Bridge
Posted July 5, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well shucks. This is one of a very small number of historic bridges in Kansas that is visible from I-70 - which along with I-35 is probably among the only roads in Kansas that many travelers use.

Stranger Creek Bridge
Posted July 4, 2013, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I can end all speculation after poking through the county website. Leavenworth County is currently wasting an estimate of $150,000 of taxpayer dollars to reduce this beautiful historic bridge to a pile a scrap metal. NO REPLACEMENT BRIDGE IS PLANNED. Nothing disgusts me more than this insensitive destruction of history and wasting of money. If they want to close the bridge to traffic, fine, go ahead. But unless the bridge is in danger of collapse, don't destroy history and waste money for no reason. A 2012 bridge inspection report was posted on the county website. This bridge was not in imminent danger of collapse. Demolition was not needed.

Also, I am attaching a map that shows the unusual county designations for all the bridges in the county... essential if anyone wishes to research other bridges in this county in the future.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 2,768,844 bytes)

Stranger Creek Bridge
Posted July 4, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Judging from the crane being in position and the recent newspaper article, I'm afraid to say that the bridge's days are numbered. The county had closed the bridge to all traffic in April. Link: http://www.leavenworthtimes.com/article/20130412/NEWS/130419...

Stranger Creek Bridge
Posted July 4, 2013, by Don Morrison

The crane in the background doesn't bode well for this bridge.

Seems like a little more than necessary for floor plank removal.

Stranger Creek Bridge
Posted July 4, 2013, by Randy Rasa (randy [at] cleversoul [dot] com)

I attempted to cross this bridge on Jun 30, 2013, and found it impassable. Road crews have removed one section of the deck. Not sure if they're replacing the deck, or taking the bridge out of service. Side railings had been removed as well.