Archive for Tuesday, August 10, 2010

100 years ago: Plans arrive for new concrete bridge across Kaw River

August 10, 2010


From the Lawrence Daily World for August 10, 1910: “Concrete Bridge Plans Are Here. -- If the county commissioners approve the plans submitted them this afternoon, and the people vote $200,000 bonds this fall, Lawrence will have a magnificent new concrete bridge across the Kaw next year. The plans show a solid substantial looking structure, the severe simplicity of whose lines gives it a classic beauty. It is composed entirely of reinforced concrete and is practically indestructible. The huge piers supporting the structure are to rest on the shale bottom of the river, 32 feet below the sand. The piers of the present bridge were placed in the shifting sand of the Kaw in about 1863, and have withstood floods and ice encroachments for nearly half a century. Spans have been replaced by new ones repeatedly. The early bridge was a wooden truss toll affair, with its surface about level with the top of the present dam. The proposed new bridge will have an elevation varying from 129 to 135 feet and will have a double road way, skirting the two railway tracks in the center, and a five foot walk for pedestrians on each side. The total width is fifty feet. It will extend directly across the Kaw, the north terminus being on Massachusetts instead of Bridge street as at present.”


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