Dennis Metz has a story to share about his 1936 Chevy Master’s Deluxe pick-up truck.  
The vehicle was purchased in the spring of 1936 by Ward and Carol O’Neil.  But, it was Dennis’ grandfather, Orville, who purchased it in the spring of 1937, where it has stayed in Sumner County with the Metz family ever since.  
The vehicle is still in its original color.  Dennis says it was bought “to pick up girls.”
The truck was restored back in 1972 by Dennis Gilliland in Wellington.  
Dennis Metz  has plenty of memories of riding around in this truck with his grandfather.  He recalls seeing a cow being loaded into the back of it so it could be transported to Wichita.  
Over the years it has racked up the miles, venturing out to Colorado, and even up Pike’s Peak.  
One of the places this truck went quite a bit was across the Fourteenth Street Bridge in Winfield.  Recently, this bridge was scheduled to be demolished and replaced with a newer, wider, more modern structure.
Closed to traffic since last Monday,, Winfield resident Roger Schmidt made arrangements with the city of Winfield and the State of Kansas to allow traffic across the bridge one last time.  It took him six weeks to make it happen, but he was finally given just two hours from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., Just over 40 vehicles registered and lined up near the Pecan Grove to make the crossing one last time over the old bridge.  Vehicles dating back almost one hundred years to more modern ones lined up as early as 9:00 a.m. to get ready.  
Even pedestrians were allowed out onto the bridge to partake in one final crossing.  There were plenty of people who went out and took pictures and shot footage from drones near the bridge, taking advantage of this final opportunity.  
The iron-truss bridge near the Winfield fairgrounds has spanned the Walnut River ever since it was built in 1928.  With a width of just over 300 feet, it was eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, but unfortunately that avenue will not be pursued.  It will be replaced by a modernized bridge, though there won’t be any trusses.
Due to the location of the bridge and riverbank, it is not possible to leave the current bridge standing.  That is why it has to be removed before the new one can be put in in its place.
“It’ll be substantially wider,” city engineer Patrick Steward said recently. “Two full lanes and shoulders, too.”
The bridge is fracture critical, meaning any failure could cause the bridge, or a portion of it, to collapse. City officials said the condition of the bridge has continued to deteriorate over time. At its last inspection, it was deemed to be structurally deficient.  
Steel, concrete and rebar from the current bridge will be salvaged.
The state approved a project bid by Dondlinger & Sons for $2.1 million. There was also $318,586 for engineering costs, make the total $2.5 million. The city’s portion of the project is $1.5 million.
Wichita-based Dondlinger and Sons Construction is primary contractor for the project, which should be completed by the fall of this year. The bridge will be closed to through traffic for the entirety of the project.