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Blue Rapids Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder


BH Photo #110274


Street Views 


Continuous pony truss bridge over Big Blue River on US 77 at Blue Rapids
Blue Rapids, Marshall County, Kansas
Demolished as soon as the new bridge opened to traffic on 7 November 2012
Built ca. 1950, demolished in November 2012 after the opening of the new bridge built aside it
Continuous Warren pony truss with welded connections
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 726.8 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.68768, -96.63867   (decimal degrees)
39°41'16" N, 96°38'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/702488/4395759 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Blue Rapids
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
KDOT 0058-B0013 (Kansas Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 18026 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 12, 2015: Photos imported by Dave King
  • November 8, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Added categories "Demolished", "Replaced by new bridge"
  • July 19, 2011: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Future prospects - this bridge is doomed.
  • May 5, 2010: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link for this (probably) doomed bridge.
  • January 20, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • November 2, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Future Prospects.
  • April 10, 2009: New photo from Robert Elder
  • November 26, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited City and Overview.
  • July 14, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated categories
  • February 28, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design Description"


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com


Blue Rapids Bridge Video
Posted November 15, 2012, by Bill Genereux (billgx [at] ksu [dot] edu)

Here is a KDOT video of the recent implosion of the Blue Rapids bridge.


Blue Rapids Bridge
Posted November 8, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Completely unrelated to bridges, but look how brown everything is in the picture on that link below. The Native Grass should be red at this time of year, not brown. The drought in this area has just been devastating.

Blue Rapids Bridge
Posted November 8, 2012, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)
Blue Rapids Bridge
Posted July 19, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Replacement project scheduled to start in August 2011.

Big Blue River US 77 Bridge
Posted November 2, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge may be replaced in 2012-2013. I have not yet added "doomed" to categories as plans are not yet finalized. Source: http://www.ksdot.org/topekametro/pdf/KDOT-Shifts-Alignment-f...

Despite its relatively recent construction date of 1950, the bridge is noteworthy as it is a somewhat rare example of a continuous pony truss.