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Waverly Junction Bridge


Overall View Of Bridge And Shell Rock River, Looking Northeast

Photo taken by Clayton B. Fraser, Fraserdesign, October 1991, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #122188


Lost Bridge over Shell Rock River on 265th Street in Waverly
Bremer County, Iowa
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1911; Replaced 2001
- Waterloo Construction Co. of Waterloo, Iowa
"The structure today is comprised of a single 150-foot Parker through truss, approached on the west by a series of timeber stringer spans. This creates an aggregate structure length of 280 feet.

"Fabricated and erected in 1911, the Waverly Junction Bridge (called locally Dix's Bridge) ranks among Iowa's earliest rigid-connected highway trusses. The structure's concrete-filled steel cylinder piers, curved portal knee braces, and threaded-rod lateral bracing are typical features of pinned trusses generally built prior to 1910. The composition of the bridge's web members, their connecting gusset plates and the method of field-bolting, on the other hand, are representative of early rigid-connected trusses. These features distinguish the Waverly Junction Bridge as a transitional between the two technologies: a significant and uncommon structure in Iowa's bridge building history.

"The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) documentation for the Waverly Junction Bridge was conducted by Fraserdesign of Loveland, Colorado, under contract with Bremer County, Iowa. The county has proposed replacement of the structure and this recordation is intended to mitigate in part the impact on the bridge by this action."

Carl W. McWilliams
Loveland, Colorado

Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 280.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Also called
Dix's Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.66452, -92.51227   (decimal degrees)
42°39'52" N, 92°30'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/539970/4723676 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shell Rock
Inventory number
BH 37263 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 23, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Adjusted the GPS coordinates
  • August 21, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER IA-38 - Waverly Junction Bridge
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com


Waverly Junction Bridge
Posted March 22, 2021, by Rebecca Hackemann (rebecca212 [at] ksu [dot] edu)

PL delete my previous comment which was for the green bridge, at 3rd street.

Waverly Junction Bridge
Posted March 22, 2021, by Luke

This bridge hasn't existed since 2001.