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West Branch Wapsinonoc Creek Bridge

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West Branch Wapsinonoc Creek Bridge

View from Water Street.

Photo taken by Dave King; Taken July 14, 2013

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BH Photo #259808

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Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Warren pony truss bridge over West Branch Wapsinonoc Creek on Road
Location
West Branch, Cedar County, Iowa
Status
Abandoned
Design
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.66907, -91.34027   (decimal degrees)
41°40'09" N, 91°20'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/638166/4614364 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
West Branch
Inventory number
BH 55187 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 14, 2017: Updated by Dave King: Added category "One-lane traffic"
  • November 20, 2016: New Street View added by Dave King
  • July 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Wooden deck"
  • July 15, 2013: New photos from Dave King
  • January 11, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

West Branch Wapsinonoc Creek Bridge
Posted May 15, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I wondered if this might be a Frankenbridge, or at least a heavily modified bridge. I have come to learn that there are a lot more of those out there than one might think.

I look for empty rivet holes when I visit a bridge now, but I didn't notice the ones here.

West Branch Wapsinonoc Creek Bridge
Posted May 14, 2017, by Anonymous

UI Engineering senior project?

West Branch Wapsinonoc Creek Bridge
Posted May 14, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Take a look at Photo #7. End post terminates prematurely into gusset plate containing empty rivet holes (evidence of salvaged material). Elsewhere, welded construction is apparent. It appears to be a "Redneck" bridge. Sometimes when you have someone hold your beer while you build a bridge, the diagonals just don't quite come out where they are supposed to be, you know? And someones that pesky endpost, just isn't quite long enough... That's what the scrap plate in the back of the truck is for!

In short, I don't really think a specific truss classification was a consideration during this bridge's fabrication!

West Branch Wapsinonoc Creek Bridge
Posted May 14, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Bizarre... I've never seen one quite like this!

West Branch Wapsinonoc Creek Bridge
Posted May 14, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So, is there a such thing as a half-hip Warren truss? This question is about half serious and half joking...

West Branch Wapsinonoc Creek Bridge
Posted July 18, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This is a Warren but with the end posts extended out to form another narrow triangle. Does anyone recall others of a similar configuration?