Back in June we wrote an article on the Esch’s Spur Bridge (also denoted as Kirk Bridge), a well-known triple-arch bridge outside Dexter, Cowley, Kansas, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After further flooding, the middle arch sustained substantial damage.
A notable portion of the arch has collapsed, causing loss of part of the spandrel wall as well as fill, with a resultant hole in the roadbed.
This only remaining triple-arch bridge in Cowley County, Kansas, is now in imminent danger of being lost, for a few more floods high enough to reach the damaged portion of the arch can finish destroying this part of the structure, making the rest of the bridge very vulnerable to total collapse.
As an incidental aside, it is a testimony to the strength of arches how they can stand surprisingly solidly even when missing portions. Basically the stones of the arch form a corbelled “arch” within the arch, which is the case with the Esch’s Spur Bridge.
Additional resource: Index of the Stone Arch Bridges of Cowley County, Kansas