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Wildcat Creek Bridge



Concrete tee beam bridge over Wildcat Creek & Linear Trail on K-18 WB in Manhattan
Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1957
Length of largest span: 77.1 ft.
Total length: 190.0 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.17042, -96.59399   (decimal degrees)
39°10'14" N, 96°35'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/707852/4338445 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 10 S., R 7 E., Sec. 24
1020 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
KDOT 0081-B0028 (Kansas Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 47755 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 70.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 22, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Haunched concrete tee beam"
  • July 22, 2013: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • July 21, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Topo info, changed to open
  • January 19, 2011: Added by Sheldon Wiens


  • Sheldon Wiens
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Wildcat Creek Bridge
Posted July 22, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I looked hard for a curve in the bridge but then saw the side view and noticed a "haunched" beam. There is currently not a category for haunched concrete beams.

Wildcat Creek Bridge
Posted July 22, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mr. Nichols:

Thanks for all the great information about Manhattan area bridges.

I have added some new streetviews for this bridge. I notice now that it is a Curved Tee Beam. It is also skewed, and the third street view shows this clearly.

K-18 Wildcat Creek Bridge
Posted July 20, 2013, by Robert Nichols (robert_nichols [at] outlook [dot] com)

At this writing, the current Google Street View shows this highway bridge as still in service, and looking fairly good with the same concrete balustrade railings, though flanked by a newer parallel highway span to accommodate four lanes at this crossing. The Union Pacific Railroad Wildcat Creek deck girder bridge is also visible alongside to the south.

Just north of this K-18 Wildcat Creek highway bridge, at Poliska Lane, the Linear Trail joins up with the old alignment of the Rock Island Railroad (Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific or CRI&P) Clay Center or "High Line" secondary main line between McFarland and Belleville, Kansas. The line entered service in 1887 and was operated until 1980, when it was abandoned. The rails were sold for salvage and dismantled in 1984. The current Google Earth 45 View shows the Linear Trail bridge over Wildcat Creek, about two hundred feet from where Poliska Lane leaves the Rock Island alignment, to be the short Rock Island through plate girder Wildcat Creek bridge, adapted for foot and bicycle traffic, so that small span is another Manhattan area abandoned historic railroad bridge.

Wildcat Creek Bridge
Posted January 20, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

A brief note about the Linear Trail and Wildcat Creek:

There is a rail-trail bridge on the Linear Trail across Wildcat Creek to the west of this K-18 bridge. The rail-trail bridge is hiddden in the trees off of Poliska Lane so I do not know its design, or if it is even historic. Thus, I will not add it until I can do a field check.

The same rail-trail also crosses Wildcat Creek on this Warren Truss near Seth Child Road: http://bridgehunter.com/ks/riley/bh36318/

Wildcat Creek Bridge
Posted January 20, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

Probably just a bridge inspection or some minor surface work here. The 76.6 sufficiency rating disqualifies this bridge from any federal funding assistance, which means that the state would be financing the replacement out of pocket. Most likely, they will not be willing to do this, as the bridge is quite large and would have a hefty price tag for replacement attached.

Wildcat Creek Bridge
Posted January 20, 2011, by Sheldon Wiens (sheldon_wiens77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I don't know if this bridge is still here, or if it is demolished, because there is construction going on this bridge as you could see in streetview. The streetview was added around 2008, so this bridge is probably lost.