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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
Harmon Street Bridge
Brookwood Park 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 

  • December 7, 2021: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished.
  • October 14, 2021: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is doomed. Contract let to remove the structure asap.
  • 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



3rd Street Bridge
Posted December 8, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


Please refer to the "Sources" section under the webpage, where I have indeed included a link to the source material confirming demolition. I typically do this whenever possible when I update a page's status. However the article is behind a paywall, I have to save the HTML file to extract the photo containing the proof. I will attach to this email but be aware it is a copyrighted photo and cannot be posted in the main page for example.

3rd Street Bridge
Posted December 7, 2021, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Nathan, do you have any information on the bridge's demolition in a form of photos and newspaper article? That would be of great help. Such a travesty in any case.



3rd Street Bridge
Posted October 14, 2021, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)
3rd Street Bridge
Posted March 22, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here's something for the clueless officials of Waverly... And this IS actually "Historically Relevant"!

Courtesy of Todd Baslee

3rd Street Bridge
Posted August 21, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm still shaking my head over the modern truss bridge being "historically relevant" comment... wtf!

3rd Street Bridge
Posted August 21, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The people running this city continue to be clueless, one of them being quoted as describing the process of demolishing this bridge and salvaging parts for display as taking "a couple guys and a blowtorch"

Apparently even "two men and a torch" is a "bridge to far" for this shortsighted city, who isn't willing to spend any more than $7,000 to "memorialize" the bridge. Let alone actually preserve this beautiful historic truss.


Over the last five-plus years, the Waverly City Council in various forms have debated what to do about the Third Street Southeast Bridge, known colloquially as the Green Bridge.

Built in 1917 as the Harmon Street Bridge, Third Street’s original name, the steel truss span was closed down in February 2015 after an inspection by WHKS & Co., the city’s bridge manager, found structural deficiencies. Since then, the council haltingly considered different remedies for the bridge, from fixing it to replacing it with a pedestrian bridge to current plans to simply remove it.

As the removal studies continue by WHKS, current council members considered preserving a portion of the bridge for a non-working display. However, on Monday, they changed course.

Following an amendment proposed by Ward 4 Councilwoman Heather Beaufore, the council approved a resolution to have city staff memorialize the Green Bridge with plaques at either end of the bridge site or at a point in South Riverside Park that currently overlooks the span with a budget of $7,000.

City Administrator James Bronner told the council that staff didn’t necessarily want to preserve a part of the bridge, but he wanted to start a conversation over how to memorialize it. He brought forward an estimated cost from WHKS of $55,000 to move a complete span of the bridge.

“I know there has been a lot of discussions of should we move it all, should we do a piece of it, a full span, etc.,” Bronner said. “That’s where I leave it to you, as council, to do the discussion.”

In past meetings, members had discussed moving a piece of the bridge into Brookwood Park, into the portion where former water treatment silos currently stand. Mayor Adam Hoffman had told Waverly Newspapers on Monday prior to the meeting that another possibility was to put the bridge on a pylon in the river near South Riverside Park.

However, the $55,000 price tag seemed to be a sticking point for some council members, while the safety and liability of having the structure on display would be a detriment to the city.

Beaufore added that placing a piece of the bridge within the flood plain could be a hazard whenever the Cedar River leaves its banks in the southeast quadrant of town.

“It could be dangerous for people down river when it floods,” Beaufore said. “I would personally prefer something much smaller scale.

“I frequently go on walks, seeing some of the monuments with the rocks and the bronze plate and pictures and little stories about historical structures. I really like those. They’re really pretty. They give you facts, they give you something to stop and look at and read, and they’re not really dangerous to be going floating down the river.”

At-Large Councilwoman Ann Rathe added that many of the people she spoke to were not generally in favor of the bridge preservation idea, but not because of fears of whether it would float away.

She asked Leisure Services Director Garret Riordan what the cost would be to do a display similar to those, for example, near the Cedar River Dam and the Ira Sturdevant House.

Riordan said the signs at the dam were “right at” $2,000 each.

“(It would depend on) what extent if we wanted to go that way, how many signs there would be, pictures there would be, that type of thing, would have to be considered,” Riordan said.

Bronner also asked if the council wanted to do a smaller-scale memorial of the bridge if they wanted to utilize pieces of the span, namely a girder or flooring.

“We’ve had some things thrown at us by some citizens about some possible looks that could be done,” he said, “but I don’t know what the cost of that is to set aside, cut parts of it off and then dispose of it, that’s also unknown. We didn’t have a good direction how to move forward, how big, etc.”

At-Large Councilman Matt Schneider said that was his idea as well, but he also didn’t know how to proceed, either.

“I’m thinking in terms of cost, a blow torch and two guys, I’m not sure what that is,” Schneider said.

Ward 1 Councilman Brian Birgen also related concerns about liability from people climbing onto the old bridge in a park.

“I agree with Ann that I haven’t heard from anybody who’s 100% in favor of putting a span in the park or preserving a span as much as everybody wants some kind of memorial,” Birgen said. “The idea of something in South Riverside Park that’s overlooking the area where the bridge used to be, with some kind of picture or engraving of what the bridge looked like from that view, I think, would be very welcome.

“We could also put some kind of marking at either end of where the span used to be. … That’s going to get a whole lot less foot traffic if there’s no bridge there.”

He added the $55,000 estimate for preserving a whole section of the bridge is high based on the city’s benefit. He didn’t see the value of spending that much to memorialize the bridge in Brookwood Park, which he said was “off the beaten path.”

Beaufore tossed a few possible budget numbers before settling on $7,000, and asked if there was some way for either staff or a committee or commission to come up with a way to satisfy the goals within that limit. Bronner said she could amend the original $55,000 resolution, which she did.

“WHKS is going to need to tweak the agreement slightly if, in fact, they need to move the span to the park, or if they have to place it somewhere to have pieces cut out of it and then take it away,” Bronner said. “We’re wanting to get an idea of where council sits.”

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.