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Wapsipinicon River Bridge

Photos 

South View

Photo taken by Dylan VanAntwerp in February 2013

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BH Photo #269764

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Wapsipinicon River on E. Bennington Road
Location
Black Hawk County, Iowa
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built or relocated here 1945; closed to traffic Oct. 2017
Design
Pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 80.1 ft.
Total length: 137.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.59776, -92.11752   (decimal degrees)
42°35'52" N, 92°07'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/572397/4716525 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Littleton
Land survey
T. 90 N., R. 11 W., Sec. 23
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
45
Inventory numbers
IA 76090 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 12884 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 20, 2017: Updated by Luke: Noted that the bridge is closed due to sinking lally columns.
  • November 8, 2013: New photos from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • February 21, 2013: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type
  • February 20, 2013: New photos from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • April 11, 2010: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Road Name

Sources 

Comments 

Wapsipinicon River Bridge
Posted November 21, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here is a classic example of a great truss bridge being put in danger by a failing substructure. This happens all too often across the country, and there are multiple reasons why it can happen.

Wapsipinicon River Bridge
Posted February 21, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Portals and portal bracing suggest ca.1900

Wapsipinicon River Bridge
Posted February 21, 2013, by Gene McCluney (gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com)

Well, with lally columns and pin connections I seriously doubt this bridge was manufactured in 1945, or even installed here in 1945. I say much older, pre-1920.