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Broadway Bridge



Photo taken July 2006 by David Backlin

BH Photo #103187

Street Views 


Eight-span rainbow arch bridge over the Arkansas River on S. Broadway (Southbound) in Wichita
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas
Open to two lanes of southbound traffic
Built 1931; rehabilitated 1996
Concrete through arch
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 800.0 ft.
Deck width: 26.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 20.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 22, 1992
Also called
John Mack Bridge (official name)
Lawrence Avenue Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.64458, -97.33549   (decimal degrees)
37°38'40" N, 97°20'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/646847/4167684 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wichita East
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 91002018 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 18517 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 71.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 19, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Marsh arch (tied)"
  • September 5, 2016: New photos from Ron Reber
  • July 26, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Marsh arch to Categories
  • May 20, 2010: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • May 19, 2010: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • March 28, 2010: New photo from Mike LeMasters
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link
  • January 25, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates - moved the balloon from the new bridge to the old bridge.
  • December 18, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Added US 81 to categories, although US 81 was later rerouted to the I-135 corridor.
  • December 8, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Marsh arch to Categories
  • August 21, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Alternate Names. Broadway was once known as Lawrence Avenue.
  • August 18, 2006: Posted photos from David Backlin


  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike LeMasters
  • Ron Reber


Broadway Bridge
Posted February 7, 2015, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

When a town stands up for its historic bridge the town can win. Ambridge, PA and McConnellsville, OH stood up for their historic bridges and they still stand. Oakmont wants the Hulton Bridge replaced so that has been a losing battle.

Broadway Bridge
Posted January 3, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It is good that we can celebrate this 80th anniversary - especially considering that this bridge almost met the wrecking ball!

Broadway Bridge
Posted January 2, 2011, by Sheldon Wiens (sheldon_wiens77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Happy 80th Anniversary, bridge!

Broadway Bridge
Posted May 16, 2007, by Robert L. Elder (Bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

During the early 1990s, there was talk of possibly demolishing the John Mack Bridge. One of the major problems was that the bridge was too narrow to effectively carry traffic in both directions. In the years following the construction of the bridge, Broadway was widened to four lanes, but the John Mack Bridge could accommodate only two lanes. Locals were able to get the bridge listed on the National Register in 1992, leading the effort to rehabilitate it and construct a new bridge to the east to carry northbound traffic.