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Historic Bridges of Kansas

 Overview

Kansas is home to the largest collection of Marsh type rainbow arch bridges in America, and the collection includes a number of large, multi-span examples. While a number of these bridges have faced demolition, a fair number have also been preserved. In addition, Kansas has a diverse population of metal truss bridges: while most of the state's surviving metal truss bridges are of traditional design, this collection is punctuated by some of the most unusual and unique truss bridges in the country including several nationally significant bowstring truss bridges. Many metal truss bridges in Kansas are in grave danger of demolition and destruction. Some nationally significant truss bridges have been transitioned to private ownership followed by subsequent abandonment, which uncorrected, will eventually result in their collapse. Worse, many metal truss bridges remaining under county ownership face abandonment and demolition by their owners for a rather unusual reason: many counties complain that they do not want to spend the money to inspect them. HistoricBridges.org offers coverage of this state that, while not comprehensive, is intended to showcase the general character and variety of bridge types in the state, particularly those unique to the state.

Note: If you are looking for bridges in the Kansas City area, it can be confusing due to the city, state, and county borders. This link will list all bridges on HistoricBridges.org in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.

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