National Bridge Inventory: Kansas



  • Of the 24,948 bridges in the state, 1,321, or 5.3 percent, are classified as structurally deficient. This means one of the key elements is in poor or worse condition.
  • This is down from 1,458 bridges classified as structurally deficient in 2016.
  • The deck area of structurally deficient bridges accounts for 3.0 percent of total deck area on all structures.
  • 5 of the structurally deficient bridges are on the Interstate Highway System. A total of 98.9 percent of the structurally deficient bridges are not on the National Highway System, which includes the Interstate and other key roads linking major airports, ports, rail and truck terminals.
  • 6,930 bridges are posted for load, which may restrict the size and weight of vehicles crossing the structure.
  • The state has identified needed repairs on 10,505 bridges at an estimated cost of $7.0 billion.
  • This compares to 10,937 bridges that needed work in 2016.

County Year Built Daily Crossings Type of Bridge Location
Wyandotte 1959 30,100 Urban freeway/expressway 69 Hwy (18th St) over Ks Riv, RR, Levee Rds
Sedgwick 1960 22,650 Urban Interstate I235 Hwy, NB over Little Arkansas River
Sedgwick 1960 22,650 Urban Interstate I235 Hwy, SB over Little Arkansas River
Johnson 1976 21,800 Urban minor arterial College Blvd over Indian Ck
Thomas 1966 12,700 Rural Interstate I70 Hwy, Wl-El over S Fork Solomon River
Wyandotte 1933 12,100 Urban other principal arterial US-169 Highway NB over Ks River,RR Yard,3 Str
Johnson 1982 10,295 Urban minor arterial Renner Rd over I435 Hwy
Reno 1959 10,180 Urban minor arterial Woodie Seat Fwy over Avenue B
Wyandotte 1974 9,420 Urban Interstate I70 WB to I635 SB over I-635 NB,& I-70 Highways
Wyandotte 1918 8,535 Urban minor arterial Central Avenue over Kansas River, R.R. Yard
Johnson 1975 8,342 Urban minor arterial 103rd. Street over Trib. to Indian Creek
Wyandotte 1907 7,250 Urban Interstate I-70 EB Highway over Kansas River,3 RR,5 St
Sedgwick 1970 6,990 Urban minor arterial Rs 84 - E 61St N over Main Branch Chisholm Crk
Johnson 1910 6,300 Urban minor arterial Kenneth Rd over Negro Ck
Sedgwick 1967 6,032 Urban collector N Oliver St over Trib E Fork Chisholm Crk
Shawnee 1937 5,845 Urban minor arterial Rs 1253 223 over Deer Creek
Wyandotte 1964 5,824 Urban local road Mill Street over I-70, Railroad Yard
Geary 1960 5,685 Urban collector Urb2217 over I70 Hwy, EB/WB
Sedgwick 1984 5,591 Urban collector 143rd over Four Mile Creek
Barton 1920 5,380 Urban minor arterial US281 Hwy over Unnamed Marsh Drainage
Johnson 1990 5,000 Urban minor arterial Quivira Dr over Kansas River Trib
Sumner 1924 4,830 Rural minor arterial US81 Hwy over Ninnescah River Drainage
Johnson 1994 4,565 Urban minor arterial Pflumm Road over Little Mill Creek Trib.
Sedgwick 1972 3,986 Rural major collector Ridge (Rs 998) over Big Arkansas River
Atchison 1955 3,980 Rural arterial US-59 Hwy over Rs1290
Type of Bridge Number of Bridges Area of All Bridges
(sq. meters)
Daily Crossings on All Bridges Number of Structurally Deficient Bridges Area of Structurally Deficient Bridges
(sq. meters)
Daily Crossings on Structurally Deficient Bridges
Rural Interstate 524 370,127 5,063,601 1 1,493 12,700
Rural arterial 1,357 976,423 5,366,441 6 2,237 15,520
Rural minor arterial 1,317 684,064 2,052,797 10 4,847 13,355
Rural major collector 6,169 1,763,891 2,531,421 230 62,499 93,436
Rural minor collector 2,034 403,240 245,733 131 20,195 18,193
Rural local road 10,446 1,586,318 496,911 877 86,516 28,372
Urban Interstate 539 1,053,524 14,106,249 4 27,429 61,970
Urban freeway/expressway 400 585,340 7,388,312 2 14,097 32,795
Urban other principal arterial 290 485,031 2,930,813 1 7,259 12,100
Urban minor arterial 594 560,757 6,129,147 15 28,896 99,877
Urban collector 666 369,813 2,604,129 20 4,612 40,704
Urban local road 612 154,937 763,355 24 8,410 15,969
Total 24,948 8,993,465 49,678,909 1,321 268,489 444,991
Type of Work Number of Bridges Cost to Repair
(in millions)
Daily Crossings Area of Bridges
(sq. meters)
Bridge replacement 3,128 $772 1,388,984 562,246
Widening & rehabilitation 29 $36 153,102 41,553
Rehabilitation 1,634 $265 694,018 308,777
Deck rehabilitation/replacement 5,525 $5,817 38,454,292 4,792,546
Other structural work 189 $60 388,471 70,790
Total 10,505 $6,951 41,078,867 5,775,912

About the data:

Data is from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Bridge Inventory (NBI), downloaded on March 11, 2021. Note that specific conditions on bridges may have changed as a result of recent work or updated inspections. Cost estimates were downloaded by ARTBA on March 11, 2021.

Effective January 1, 2018, FHWA changed the definition of structurally deficient as part of the final rule on highway and bridge performance measures, published May 20, 2017 pursuant to the 2012 federal aid highway bill Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Two measures that were previously used to classify bridges as structurally deficient are no longer used. This includes bridges where the overall structural evaluation was rated in poor or worse condition, or where the adequacy of waterway openings was insufficient.

The new definition limits the classification to bridges where one of the key structural elements—the deck, superstructure, substructure or culverts, are rated in poor or worse condition. During inspection, the conditions of a variety of bridge elements are rated on a scale of 0 (failed condition) to 9 (excellent condition). A rating of 4 is considered “poor” condition.

Cost estimates have been derived by ARTBA, based on 2019 average bridge replacement costs for structures on and off the National Highway System, published by FHWA. Bridge rehabilitation costs are estimated to be 68 percent of replacement costs. A bridge is considered to need repair if the structure has identified repairs as part of the NBI, a repair cost estimate is supplied by the bridge owner or the bridge is classified as structurally deficient. Please note that for a few states, the number of bridges needing to be repaired can vary significantly from year to year, and reflects the data entered by the state.

Bridges are classified by FHWA into types based on the functional classification of the roadway on the bridge. Interstates comprise routes officially designated by the Secretary of Transportation. Other principal arterials serve major centers of urban areas or provide mobility through rural areas. Freeways and expressways have directional lanes generally separated by a physical barrier, and access/egress points generally limited to on- and off-ramps. Minor arterials serve smaller areas and are used for trips of moderate length. Collectors funnel traffic from local roads to the arterial network; major collectors have higher speed limits and traffic volumes and are longer in length and spaced at greater intervals, while minor collectors are shorter and provide service to smaller communities. Local roads do not carry through traffic and are intended for short distance travel.

33
Compared to 35 in 2019

in the nation in % of structurally deficient bridges

1. West Virginia 21.2%
32. Colorado 5.4%
33. Kansas 5.3%
34. New Mexico 5.1%

13
Compared to 14 in 2019

in the nation in # of structurally deficient bridges

1. Iowa 4,571
12. Ohio 1,377
13. Kansas 1,321
14. Nebraska 1,302

44
Compared to 41 in 2019

in the nation in % of structurally deficient bridge deck area

1. Rhode Island 21.0%
43. Delaware 3.0%
44. Kansas 3.0%
45. Hawaii 3.0%
Full State Ranking

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  • Source: Data is from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Bridge Inventory (NBI), downloaded on March 11, 2021. Note that specific conditions on bridges may have changed as a result of recent work or updated inspections.

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