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3rd Street Bridge


Photo taken by Jason Smith


BH Photo #177483


Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Cedar River on 3rd Street SE in Waverly
Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa
Built 1917; rehabilitated 1982 and 2006
- Illinois Steel Bridge Co. of Jacksonville, Illinois
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa
Riveted Pratt through truss bridge with A-frame portal bracing and 45 heel strut bracing
Length of largest span: 121.0 ft.
Total length: 363.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.3 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Brookwood Park Bridge
Harmon Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.72064, -92.46681   (decimal degrees)
42°43'14" N, 92°28'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/543655/4729930 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
IA 12250 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 12918 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 30, 2017: Updated by Luke: Officially doomed: City council wants a new pedestrian only bridge. Mayor wants a new vehicle bridge.
  • January 11, 2017: New photo from Dave King
  • July 10, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • February 22, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • January 8, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added alt name based off of a forum comment
  • September 13, 2010: Updated by Jason Smith: Added info about the bridge


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com


3rd Street Bridge
Posted June 27, 2018, by Daniel Barnes (barnes [dot] daniel34 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to the Des Moines Register the bridge has now been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Story Here: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2018/06/26/ceda...

3rd Street Bridge
Posted July 14, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

In my personal opinion, the city council is corrupt, overwrought and unable to meet the demands of the people, esp. as the bridge itself is the key route right now. A referendum is definitely needed now in order for the structure to have any chance.


3rd Street Bridge
Posted July 14, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Not to worry, Tony. I'm compiling an article for my column slamming the decision. They seem to be way off the mark in terms of logic. Why don't they just simply leave the bridge alone and get it fixed?

3rd Street Bridge
Posted July 13, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A modern truss bridge is "Historically relevant"?... What an IDIOT!!!

3rd Street Bridge
Posted July 12, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

This bridge is under the radar for replacement after the city council rejected funding for repairing the bridge. More details here:


3rd Street Bridge
Posted November 5, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Save The Green Bridge
Posted March 28, 2015, by Wes Gade (wes [dot] gade [at] gmail [dot] com)

Please check out the Facebook page dedicated to saving this bridge.


3rd Street Bridge
Posted February 15, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
3rd Street Bridge
Posted January 8, 2014, by Jane Ernst (janemernst [at] verizon [dot] net)

Before the street names were changed to numbered streets, this was Harmon Street. Harmon was the founder of Waverly.

3rd Street Bridge
Posted June 22, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Any idea why "Harmon" street?

3rd Street Bridge
Posted June 22, 2011, by Jane (Downing) Ernst (janemernst [at] verizon [dot] net)

This was also called the Harmon Street Bridge.