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IA150 Wapsipinicon River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

BH Photo #115318

Map 

Old Bridge Parts? 

Written by Quinn Phelan

The other day I was crossing the Wapsipinicon River Bridge, south of Independence, and noticed these old pony truss bridge pieces sitting next to the road. See the color pictures above. You can see the concrete arch bridge in the background. I wonder it these pieces were once part of a previous bridge, or from somewhere else?

Facts 

Overview
Four-span concrete arch bridge over the Wapsipinicon River on IA 150 in Independence
Location
Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1927 by the Miller-Taylor Construction Co. of Waterloo, Iowa; rehabilitated 1999
Builders
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa (Design)
- Miller-Taylor Construction Co. of Waterloo, Iowa
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 86.9 ft.
Total length: 341.2 ft.
Deck width: 32.2 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 25, 1998
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.45805, -91.89076   (decimal degrees)
42°27'29" N, 91°53'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/591203/4701231 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Independence
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
10,700
Inventory numbers
NRHP 98000758 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
IA 15950 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 12956 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 89.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 4, 2014: New photo from Luke Harden
  • July 2, 2013: New photos from Dave King
  • June 9, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added city
  • June 9, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • October 29, 2010: Essay added by Quinn Phelan
  • June 16, 2008: New photos from Historic American Engineering Record

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