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5th Street Bridge

Pine Street Bridge

5th Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 4, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
5th Street (Pine Street) Over Railroad (BNSF)
Location
Melvern: Osage County, Kansas: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1909 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
148 Feet (45.11 Meters)
Structure Length
148 Feet (45.11 Meters)
Roadway Width
15 Feet (4.57 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is well-documented as having been erected here in 1909 per KHRI report above. However, its design suggests a possibility that it reused trusses that were originally used for a railroad. The members are far more massive than typical highway bridges in 1909 and composed in a manner similar to a railroad bridge. The KHRI speculates that this was simply because the railroad designed the bridge. However, its possible there is more to the story. Bridgehunter.com speculates that the bridge was "Possibly relocated from a bridge near Quenemo, KS in 1909. The original span there was built 1884, and removed 1905 when the line was double tracked." Despite the bridge's massive members, as a railroad bridge, its pin connections and lightweight portal bracing (for a railroad bridge) could very well be from a ca. 1884 bridge.

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