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130th Street Bridge


North East


Photo taken by Julie Bowers in July 2010


BH Photo #264528



How do we set this up? The plan is to replace the trestle with the pony and put in a steel box beam replacement on Hayes Avenue. Major traffic coming through there to the auction house to the west.


Bridge over Hunter Creek on 130th Street
Hazelton, Buchanan County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Trestle to be replaced with Pony Truss serving Amish Community in rural Iowa. wow
Built 1968
Span length: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 90.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Also called
Trestle Bridge Replacement with 1925 Pony Truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.59867, -91.96397   (decimal degrees)
42°35'55" N, 91°57'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/584992/4716769 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
IA 83930 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 57750 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 26.2 (out of 100)
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Beam (12,646)
Buchanan County, Iowa (95)
Built 1968 (128)
Built during 1960s (1,828)
Curved (387)
Doomed (1,050)
Hazelton, Iowa (1)
Iowa (5,893)
One-lane traffic (7,451)
Open (37,278)
Owned by county (19,068)
Span length 75-100 feet (5,939)
Structurally deficient (18,509)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,053)

Update Log 

  • August 25, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Merged NBI data.
  • August 25, 2013: Updated by Julie Bowers: Added categories "Curved", "One-lane traffic"



130th Street Bridge
Posted August 27, 2013, by Don Morrison

Hayes Street Bridge is 20 feet wide curb to curb. Should be wide for most Amish traffic. Wide enough for two buggies to pass, anyway.

As fmiser previously said, widening would require longer floor beams and wider deck surface, so more weight and modern I-beams, but if the trusses are restored to the 1992 inspection quality, it will still carry a lot.

1992 Operating rating was 43.6 tons.

SW Howard county has a Mennonite produce auction that is on a road that was served by a pony truss that got damaged, removed, and never replaced. The only other route to the auction is a Mitchell/Howard county road that has a steel wheel ban.

I bet they'd love to find a bridge like this. (And county officials willing to approve the work)

130th Street Bridge
Posted August 25, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We are only bidding on replacing the photographed panels on each corner due to section loss. Just wondering, this is pretty beefy, widening by putting in new floor beams to x feet would be an interesting number to run....engineers?

Otherwise it will be restored with in-kind restoration; rivets with rivets. The county will do all the work except for the repairs which they are letting us run numbers on.

More will be revealed.

Yes strictly one lane 17 ton just no wide heavy farm equipment. They have other roads to go on and there is only one non-Amish farm to the south and west of the location.

Fun to see the Amish Auction going on and to hear the engineer talk about shoulders and what works best for horses and a variety of vehicles behind them.

130th Street Bridge
Posted August 25, 2013, by Matt Lohry

It would be extremely difficult to widen any truss bridge and retain any historic integrity or original functionality...the only option available would probably be to put in a new slab and place the trusses as decoration, which to me isn't much of a solution... It seems that they want to keep the traffic to a minimum anyway if its passing thru an Amish community, both for the integrity of the Amish community itself as well as for the safety of the residents... I think the best solution is to restore the truss to completely original specs and reinstall with posted load limit.

130th Street Bridge
Posted August 25, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This will be the place where the Hayes Street Bridge, a 1925 Warren pony truss will move if approved. Wonder if it is strong enough to go wider to serve everyone. Hmmm.