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Broadway Bridge

John Mack Bridge, Lawrence Street Bridge

Broadway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Robert Elder

Bridge Documented: March 28, 2022

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Broadway (Southbound) Over Arkansas River
Location
Wichita: Sedgwick County, Kansas: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1931 By Builder/Contractor: Tomlinson Bridge and Supply Company of Garfield, Kansas and Engineer/Design: Marsh Engineering Company of Des Moines, Iowa
Rehabilitation Date
1996
Main Span Length
100.7 Feet (30.7 Meters)
Structure Length
801.5 Feet (244.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
27 Feet (8.23 Meters)
Spans
8 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
53040087000AR30

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This is one of the largest and most significant Marsh and rainbow arch bridges in the country due to its large number of spans. A modern bridge was constructed next to this bridge, forming a one-way couplet, a preservation outcome for this bridge. As part of this, the historic bridge was also rehabilitated, and appears to remain in good condition as of 2022.

The National Register Nomination claims this is the largest extant bridge of its kind in the nation. This is untrue as the Cotter Bridge is the largest and most significant rainbow arch in the country, exceeding the Broadway Bridge in span length and overall length. However no other rainbow arch bridge in the country has eight spans (since Cotter's larger spans mean the span number is only six). Both bridges should be considered the top two rainbow arch bridges in the country however, and the Broadway Bridge is the largest of its kind in Kansas. An interesting Canadian comparison can be found in Caledonia, Ontario, although the Ontario example is not a Marsh arch (it uses regular rebar).

When this bridge was built, it was outside city limits and on a street named Lawrence Street at the time.

 

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Above: Historical advertisement for bridge contractor, featuring photos showing the Broadway Bridge being constructed.

Above: Historical photo showing newly constructed bridge with previous truss bridge visible still.


Dedication Plaque

JOHN MACK
BRIDGE
BUILT BY
STATE HIGHWAY COMM.
OF KANSAS
NAMED IN HONOR OF JOHN C. MACK
STATE HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER OF
THE FIFTH DISTRICT AT THE TIME
OF ITS AUTHORIZATION

Main Plaque

STATE HIGHWAY
COMMISSION
OF
KANSAS

ARKANSAS RIVER
BRIDGE

U.S. HIGHWAY 81.

TOMLINSON BRIDGE
& SUPPLY CO.
GARFIELD KANSAS
CONTRACTORS

B. J. BERSON
RESIDENT ENGINEER
1931

Rehabilitation Plaque

JOHN MACK BRIDGE
REHABILITATION
1996

BOB KNIGHT, MAYOR
BILL CATHER, VICE MAYOR

CITY COUNCIL
JOAN COLE
GREGORY M. FERRIS
BILL GALE
SHELDON KAMEN
GEORGE ROGERS

CHRIS CHERCHES
CITY MANAGER

STEPHEN R. LACKEY, P.E.
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

MICHAEL E. LINDEBAK, P.E.
CITY ENGINEER

WILDCAT CONSTRUCTION CO., INC.
GENERAL CONTRACTOR

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