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Blaze Fork Bridge


Lost Timber stringer bridge over Blaze Fork on 108th Ave.42.70
Reno County, Kansas
Built 1958; Collapsed June 14th, 2018
Timber stringer
Length of largest span: 19.0 ft.
Total length: 90.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.17382, -97.70490   (decimal degrees)
38°10'26" N, 97°42'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/613439/4225893 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
KS 000780779705520 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 81864 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 51.3 (out of 100)
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Beam (16,945)
Built 1958 (368)
Built during 1950s (4,013)
Collapsed (451)
Kansas (3,271)
Lost (29,047)
Lost 2018 (237)
Lost during 2010s (3,620)
Owned by county (21,656)
Reno County, Kansas (15)
Span length under 25 feet (7,116)
Timber stringer (4,339)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,849)

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2018: Added by Luke; Collapsed June 14th, 2018 due to overweight tractor


Blaze Fork Bridge
Posted June 17, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The newspaper story said 1000 bushels of wheat in the trailer. I used to figure 60lb per bushel so 60k, 30T plus trailer and tractor.

Street view shows a sign posting tractor trailer combos max 17T, so probably the driver's insurance and ultimately the price of bread.

One summer years ago I hauled wheat and I remember the sense of urgency to get to the elevator and back, and a feeling of invulnerability when driving the back roads. I think if I had known anyone who had broken through I would have been more cautious.