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Fox Road Bridge


Photo taken by Jason Smith


BH Photo #212023


Likely built as a bridge in Byron, Illinois over the Rock River in 1882. Relocated here in approximately 1905.


Through truss bridge over Volga River on a local road
Fayette County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1882, Relocated Here Ca. 1905; Abandoned 1938 along with entire line from Turkey River Junction to West Union; Converted to road sometime thereafter
- Carnegie Steel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)
- Edge Moor Bridge Works of Wilmington, Delaware
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
Riveted and pin-connected Pratt through truss bridge with lattice portal bracing and a 45 skew at each entrance
Span length: 158.0 ft.
Total length: 158.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.9 ft.
Also called
MILW - Volga River Bridge
MILW Bridge #K-1270
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.83770, -91.71225   (decimal degrees)
42°50'16" N, 91°42'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/605239/4743596 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 93 N., R. 7 W., Sec. 30
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IA 151070 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13493 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 8, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added abandonment date
  • April 12, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Added Relocation Information
  • October 1, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • August 24, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • May 30, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Rail-to-road"
  • January 19, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added category "Repurposed"
  • January 19, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "railroad"
  • September 2, 2011: Updated by Jason Smith: Added information on the bridge

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Fox Road Bridge
Posted October 1, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

My father (CE KU '48) actually used the term to mean skewed. Should we just re-label the skewed category? I like whomper-jawed much better.

Fox Road Bridge
Posted October 1, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I kinda want to create a new category for this type of bridge called "Whomper-Jawed"

Fox Road Bridge
Posted October 1, 2013, by Tim Courtney (timothycourtney [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was actually a bridge originally constructed by the Milwaukee Rd line between Wadena and West Union. I believe it could have been a narrow gauge line originally, but not 100% sure about that. With careful observation in the winter time, some of the original ROW can be seen.