Fort Larned to Replace Failing Roadway Bridge

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Date: January 7, 2012
Contact: Kevin McMurry, 620-285-6911


Environmental Assessment Available for Comment  

The National Park Service is making available for public review an Environmental Assessment (EA) for construction of a new pedestrian bridge and parking facilities to replace a failing roadway bridge at Fort Larned National Historic Site.

The National Park Service is considering demolition of the severely deteriorated 300-foot-long bridge across the Pawnee River that serves as the main entrance to Fort Larned National Historic Site. A new pedestrian bridge would be constructed near the historic military crossing of the Pawnee River, designed to be compatible with the historic setting of Fort Larned. The project would also include removal of the existing parking area and extending the two-lane main entrance road 0.4 mile to the location of the new bridge. A new paved parking area would be constructed with an accessible walkway to the visitor center.

The existing roadway bridge is no longer able to meet its designed purpose and is an intrusion on the visitor experience at the fort. The Federal Highway Administration has recommended major renovation or replacement of the existing bridge and has reduced its capacity from 40 tons to 10 tons. The new pedestrian bridge would improve safety by eliminating vehicle and pedestrian conflicts. The new pedestrian bridge also would help to restore the 1870's atmosphere of the fort, providing visitors an improved historic experience.

Comments should be submitted online beginning December 29, 2011 by visiting, the website for the NPS's Planning Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) system. Comments also may be sent to the address below.The comment period will end January 29, 2012.

Superintendent at Fort Larned National Historic Site

1767 KS Hwy 156

Larned, KS 67550

Commentors should be aware that their entire comment – including personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While commentors can ask that their personal identifying information be withheld from public review, the National Park Service cannot guarantee that this will be possible.

If you have questions about the project or would like more information, please contact Superintendent, Kevin McMurry at the above address, by phone at 620-285-6911 or email at

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