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Third Street Bridge



Photo taken by Robert L Elder

BH Photo #103173


Concrete arch bridge over Pipe Creek on 3rd Street in Minneapolis
Ottawa County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1915
Closed-spandrel arch
Span length: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 80.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.12322, -97.71243   (decimal degrees)
39°07'24" N, 97°42'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/611300/4331240 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Minneapolis South
Land survey
T. 11 S., R. 4 W., Sec. 1
Average daily traffic (as of 2001)
Inventory numbers
KS 000720779704206 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18364 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 30.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 23, 2017: New photos from Robert Elder
  • March 17, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Made slight adjustment to GPS Coordinates.
  • September 11, 2006: Posted photos from Robert L Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Third Street Bridge
Posted September 7, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The Melan system used a series of parallel arched steel reinforcing, often small trusses. See fig. 5 here:


Although the steel may be covered by concrete it is sometimes possible to see a series of lines running parallel to the direction of travel indicating where the metal is beneath (above) the concrete.

Luten strategically placed his steel in the areas under highest tension, e.g. the bottom of the highest part of the arch, saving weight.

Third Street Bridge
Posted September 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I need to inspect this bridge closer when the leaves are off the trees, but I am curious if it might be a rare example of a Melan arch.

Are there any Closed-Spandrel experts out there?