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Posted September 23, 2017, by John Marvig

Bridge appears to have been replaced

Posted September 20, 2017, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

I visited this bridge August 2017 and it is closed to all traffic.

Posted September 16, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Judging by the aerial imagery, that extra set of piers under the bridge has probably been there for a while. It appears to have been there in 2014 and even as far back as 2012. Not sure why those extra piers would be built, except for additional support. Weird.

Posted September 14, 2017, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

Good work John, very unique bridge.

Posted September 11, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I suspect this bridge was made of recycled parts, especially when considering the numerous different builders.

Posted September 6, 2017, by Billy (jkendic1938 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As of September 2017 , this bridge has been closed over a year. The town said it was being repaired , but it was torn up pretty bad and has sat that way since at least last fall . The concrete railing is falling off and looks in danger of collapse. Trains still go under the bridge daily .

Posted September 5, 2017, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nice trussed floor beams!

Posted August 31, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nope. I did notice it has been removed them last few times I drove by.

Posted August 31, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Juls... Did you buy this one finally?

Posted August 30, 2017, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like this bridge has been removed from this location.

Posted August 30, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I parked at the main highway to the north to get back here. Hope that helps!

Posted August 30, 2017, by meggan wagner (wagner [dot] meggan808 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

is there anywhere to park to get to these

Posted August 9, 2017, by Luke

Daniel added this based off of info posted by James Holzmeier, so he listed it as the old Wabash bridge, which was a truss.

But this isn't the Wabash line, and I agree with the assessment that it was a DPG.

Posted July 30, 2017, by Walter Ohrnell (wohrnell [at] kc [dot] rr [dot] com)

The Wabash ran on the other side of the river.

Posted July 27, 2017, by Ron Waite (rkwaite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The weight limit is now 3 Tons. Both signs have been changed.

Posted July 17, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Bridge was officially rededicated on 17 Jul 2017 in accordance with this resolution:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=&Sessio...

Posted July 16, 2017, by Luke
Posted July 16, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Very neat old pony! I wonder if this obscure firm might have been the predecessors to the Clinton Bridge & Iron Works.

Posted July 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is an exceptionally interesting bridge. I will have to put it on the bucket list.

Posted July 14, 2017, by Don Morrison

I added this bridge today. If the community feels it isn't appropriate for this site because it may be modern, or whatever, feel free to remove it.

I do not know the build date or much other information about it, but I found it to be interesting.

I assume no loaded grain trucks will be driving over it anytime soon. If you're in the Upper Iowa river region, check it out!

Welcome to Iowa.

Posted July 14, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

In my personal opinion, the city council is corrupt, overwrought and unable to meet the demands of the people, esp. as the bridge itself is the key route right now. A referendum is definitely needed now in order for the structure to have any chance.

http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2017/07/14/green-bridg...

Posted July 14, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Not to worry, Tony. I'm compiling an article for my column slamming the decision. They seem to be way off the mark in terms of logic. Why don't they just simply leave the bridge alone and get it fixed?

Posted July 13, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A modern truss bridge is "Historically relevant"?... What an IDIOT!!!

Posted July 12, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

This bridge is under the radar for replacement after the city council rejected funding for repairing the bridge. More details here:

http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/waverly-c...

Posted July 9, 2017, by Andy Swanson (andy [at] midiowa [dot] net)

I think perhaps this was the old Milwaukee railroad not the CNW.

Posted July 6, 2017, by Andrew

There was a restaurant for many years called the Toll Bridge Inn at the site of the former toll booths. I lived in Dubuque for short time and moved in 2002. Sometime a few years later, the restaurant was torn down and the entire leading up to it was removed from the side of the bluff. It must have been considered highly unstable, because it seemed like such a strange thing to do.

Posted July 6, 2017, by Andrew

My understanding is the Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern was taken over by the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad in the 1960's and this line was used for a time in regular freight service after the end of the interuban. The CNW eventually abandoned it before the Boone and Scenic Valley acquired it's stretch of track in the 1980's. So, the CNW could be added to the railroads.

Posted July 2, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Article about city approval of new replacement bridge, which is now under construction. https://www.waukonstandard.com/articles/2016/08/03/lansing-c...

Posted June 29, 2017, by David Swift (d [dot] swift [at] mchsi [dot] com)

I believe the coordinates for this bridge are incorrect. The correct ones being as follows >

42.4685092, -90.6768341

Posted June 25, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Field visit today: the pieces are in a big pile on the east side.

Posted June 22, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Is this bridge still there?

Posted June 21, 2017, by Nate Spurge (Nate [at] spurge [dot] us)

I imagine the new bridge was built in 2011/12. After the new bridge was put into service, the old one was removed in 2013.

Posted June 19, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Tony.I agree with you 100%.acts of stupidity they were,that's for sure.

Posted June 19, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Two different bridges George... Turkey River was just demolished and replaced with a new bridge, while Gilliece was collapsed by an overweight truck.

...Both acts of stupidity!

Posted June 19, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Robert,i did look on both the bridgehunter site and on the site that Nathan referenced and didn't see nothing about a truck demolishing the bridge you cited,just that it was demolished for no good reason which totally stinks.

Posted June 18, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the update. I have been following the story as much as possible.

Posted June 18, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Red Bridge in Des Moines is "high"lighted (pun intended) in this Associated Press article, which has been published in a number of newspapers today such as the Chicago Tribune. It reports on a number of bridges that are being raised in inland areas of the country due to increasing flood risk.

https://apnews.com/552ec81f352f475ba2c80624d8a720f8/Climate-...

Posted June 17, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As of last week the parts were still at the bridge awaiting some decision, according to Lee.

We still want them to do something or well take them. Such a waste but .... where there is a will there is a way.

Posted June 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted June 17, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Does anybody know the latest news on the Gilliece Bridge? I'm going to be in the area next week and may visit the site -- if there's anything left to see.

Posted June 17, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Robert,so you're saying there is a truss bridge over Turkey River that got demolished?If so,is it on Bridgehunters?

Posted June 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can understand the confusion, especially if someone was not familiar with the area. There are/were multiple Bowstring bridges in this area. This one crossed the Upper Iowa River, but another one crossed the Turkey River. The Turkey River Bowstring was demolished.

Posted June 16, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Luke,this has to be the bridge i was talking about.The only part of the story about this bridge was the wrong river was printed in the article.Should have been the Upper Iowa River,not the Turkey River like they printed.Just goes to show even the media sometimes get it wrong.

Posted June 10, 2017, by Don Morrison

We need post editing function! lol

Gotta get out on that trail myself one of these days!

Posted June 10, 2017, by Don Morrison

King post is possibly at 43.274223, -91.793415.

It's too small to cross Trout Run. (I think)

Posted June 9, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looking at the location of the bridge on the map, it appears that it is a MOB. I'm also concerned because of the removal from the NRHP. Does anyone have any insight into this?

Posted June 6, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It was the supervisors in this case.

Posted June 5, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

The article has been archived but I wrote an update on this bridge: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2017/06/06/chimney-roc...

Probably one of the best saves Bjerke has made in his career sofar.

Posted June 3, 2017, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Repair vs. replacement recommended!!:

http://www.decorahnews.com/news-stories/2017/05/16709.html

Posted June 2, 2017, by Don Morrison
Posted June 2, 2017, by Don Morrison

Blackhawk bridge has reopened after being closed due to road washout(leading to a fatal accident) on the Wisconsin side.

Posted May 27, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

2 Million for a 50 Car a day bridge... Makes sense to me!

Posted May 27, 2017, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Damn shame.

Posted May 22, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Luke maybe where rt78 crosses?

Posted May 22, 2017, by John

Any update on the bridge?

Posted May 21, 2017, by Cristopher Sturtz (cvcomputerservice [at] gmail [dot] com)

As of April 2017, the Shaw Road Bridge in Jones County, IA is closed indefinitely due to a fracture in the north span.

Sources:

http://monticelloexpress.com/content/farmers-express-issues-... (Full article is paywalled, but the summary mentions the approximate time of and reason for the closure).

http://www.jonescountyiowa.org/utilities (Source of the "closed indefinitely" qualifier).

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.

Posted May 14, 2017, by Anonymous

UI Engineering senior project?

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!

Posted May 14, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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

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...

Posted May 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted May 10, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Oh, but it can be fixed! And should be fixed!

As an example of Iowa's "Second generation" of Bowstring truss bridges, this is a bridge that should be preserved!

Posted May 9, 2017, by Christy Rickers (gutevuss [at] wildblue [dot] net)

The Co. Engineer's name is Assman - pronounced oz-man. I am a member of the local historic preservation group and these bridges are very dear to me. I have written letters to local papers asking the Board of Supervisors to carefully think about what to do with this bridge. The bridge was evaluated as unstable and there is no way to fix it. Believe me - I begged to have it fixed! The spans are warped and there is no way to fix this old metal. Have been waiting for months but have not heard of any plans for its replacement or removal. It cannot be just scrapped, but it could possibly be moved. I kind of hope it is just left alone at this point.

Posted May 9, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Anonymous,that is what i'm talking about!It won't ruin the bridge at all if you put one on each side where dumb truckers can't drive around them and you won't have no repairs from these stupid accidents.

Posted May 9, 2017, by Don Morrison

Just a note that Nathan has video of crossing the bridge in the good old days. Not so long ago...

http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=io...

Posted May 8, 2017, by Anonymous

Headache Bar - Low Clearance Barrier

Posted May 8, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It has everything to do with politics. Local politics. We'll see if it can slow down bio calling of the State shpo office to consider pulling it out utilizing back steel as well as Brennan construction who will start the removal tomorrow for $4,000 a day not just $4,000 which they made it sound like at the supervisors meeting.

We will see. Their concern is river traffic and potential rising water. I understand, but the. Reward could get here. I don't know if I'm enough but I am here.

Money, the gang could get here.

Posted May 8, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Art.Just an idea that i thought might work.I do remember seeing what everybody calls a "headache bar" on Bridgehunters.Don't remember which bridge,though.

Posted May 8, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So it was GPS. It took me on level b roads and there was no signage that there was the 2 ton bridge as well as the historic bridge on the road. Looks like he came down the hill and went over the bridge. I think, imho that the mid weigh of the trucks axles spinning on the expansion joint pushed the shoes back into the river and left him hanging right there.

It appears to be in better shape than our bridge back in the day. I've posted images. Broken at the splice plates, vertical posts got bent at threaded rod, some bending at the shoes, The eye bars are under the planks. Sure that most of the diagonal and lateral rod is hosed but hell..... Even the planks look good.

The supervisors are meeting this morning. I shall be there with a proposal that gets the gang here to pull it out and then get quotes on the restoration and rehabilitation.

Posted May 7, 2017, by Don Morrison

I said that this was not an accident because the driver made the decision to take a chance and continue across with his loaded vehicle. I assume he thought he could make it, and apparently almost did make it.

I would have never tried it. A heavy passenger vehicle like a suburban has a curb weight approaching 3 tons, and that's the maximum that the signage on the bridge allowed for.

A bad gamble, a stupid choice, but not an accident.

Posted May 7, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am not sure anyone did this on purpose. But again there does not need to be intent for their to be guilt in this sort of matter. The truck driver and the company they represent is at fault and should be forced to pay.

Although I admit I had these same kinds of thoughts about intent years ago with this bridge:

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2007/12/08/PennDOT-tr...

Posted May 7, 2017, by Bob Hobbs (bhobbs67 [at] comcast [dot] net)

Oh good grief, better call Homeland Security!

Posted May 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, good luck. I look forward to seeing your updates. This was a tragedy, but hopefully something good can come out of it. We all appreciate the great work that you do. Just let us know how we can assist you.

Posted May 7, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Expensive load. Not yet but will be tonight.

Posted May 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I had not considered intent. It just seems that some folks don't understand how to convert pounds to tons or how to interpret weight limit signs (ie when weight limits are based on the number of axles).

Are you on scene?

Posted May 7, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Anybody considered that it was intentional? Just saying, that bridge, our bridge, was in the way.

Yes, we are on it, to ask hard questions and try like hell to save what can be saved with as little more destruction to on as possible. But it is twisted and broken.

We know how to do it if it can be done.

Posted May 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As for the future of this bridge, I sure hope that it can be salvaged. I know Julie sure has experience with getting a Bowstring out of the river.

I just wish that we could prevent such collapses in the first place. It is always easier to deal with a bridge before it goes in the river.

Posted May 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, I agree. Political affiliation has nothing to do with this. That's what I was trying to say in my first comment.

Posted May 7, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well put Art! It has nothing to do with politics!!

Posted May 6, 2017, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Regarding the bridge:

My biggest concern is ensuring that damage to the bridge is minimized.

The Maple Rapids Road bridge was pulled from the river while I was. In the hospital so I was unavailable to be involved - the methods used destroyed the possibility of rehabilitating bridge.

Is anyone ensuring this one will be removed correctly so that it may be preserved?

Regards,

Art S.

Posted May 6, 2017, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

To all discussing politics:

What does a moron taking the wrong route, coming upon an old bridge clearly not designed to handle his truck, but deciding to 'go for it' because he lacked the skill to back out have to do with party affiliation, gender choice or the political decisions of this and prior governments?

Also, if you are going to make a political statement, have the balls to post your name and email. Otherwise you are a coward.

Sincerely,

Art S.

Posted May 6, 2017, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

George,

Unfortunately, no it won't. In my opinion, the Indiana bridge collapsed because the truck hit the portal bracing.

Regards,

Art S.

Posted May 6, 2017, by Don Morrison

What a shame.

Canoed under the bridge many times. Glad I wasn't on the water yesterday.

I agree that this was no accident. I cant imagine what the driver was thinking about that he couldn't see the wildly unsafe condition that existed in trying to drive such a truck over a bridge with a 3 ton rating.

I drive my Yukon cautiously over these old bridges.

Posted May 6, 2017, by Steven Wright (rlhsjh [at] acrec [dot] com)

This was no accident,it was a act of stupidity and ignorance,Throw the book at the driver his job be damned.

This kind of stuff happen all the time in the county,This guy just got his Truck caught.

Posted May 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Honestly, I don't think that either side is going to win this debate. I would rather see donkeys and elephants working together to maintain our infrastructure in the United States.

Using Federal money for repair instead of just for replacement would be a good start. Obviously, a bowstring bridge is not going to carry an 18-wheeler, but many of our post-World War II bridges, including truss bridges, can be maintained for continued use. Even 1870s and 1880s bridges can continue to carry light vehicular traffic if maintained properly. To use a popular sewing analogy, a stich in time saves nine.

Of course, sometimes a bridge has to be replaced. One nice thing about truss bridges is that they can be disassembled and reassembled with ease. Not only can this process be cost-effective, it can also be green. Placing a historic bridge on a hiking trail is a form of recycling.

Posted May 6, 2017, by Matt Lohry

I never said that they don't--just go whine about it on Facebook, not here. That's my point.

Posted May 6, 2017, by Anonymous

While I agree we shouldn't discuss politics on here, I have to point out that Republicans have in fact blamed Obama for every major and minor thing for the past 8 years. e.g. The 2012 drought (And I wish I were being hyperbolic on that one.) and "the death of Western Civilization as we know it." on account of letting LGBTQ people marry/universal healthcare/etc.

Disingenuous to claim otherwise.

Posted May 6, 2017, by Matt Lohry

Again, Robert, very well said. There is no excuse for complete lack of common sense, and responsibility certainly does not fall to any political entities; stupid is just that--stupid. Blaming Trump for everything that goes wrong just because you don't like him is just ridiculous. If we all did that, we'd be nailing Obama for every stupid thing that lack of common sense caused over the last eight years, but we did not do that. I'm honestly weary of listening to the political crap, coming from EITHER side, and I sure don't want to see it on this site! No, I'm not the webmaster, but this is the one place that I should be able to come to and not have to put up with it. That's what Facebook is for, and that's why I do not use that site or contribute to its cause. I come here for bridges and fellow bridgehunters, and that's it.

Posted May 6, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have a question and i said it before.Since morons who drive tractor trailers can't read weight limit signs,why not put height restrictive bars before the bridges?Most rigs have a height limit from 13 TO 14 ft.Drop the limit to 10 ft.That'll fix their asses!

Posted May 6, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have a question and i said it before.Since morons who drive tractor trailers can't read weight limit signs,why not put height restrictive bars before the bridges?Most rigs have a height limit from 13 TO 14 ft.Drop the limit to 10 ft.That'll fix their asses!

Posted May 6, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Ignorance and lack of common sense will always point blame elsewhere... "My GPS made me do it!"

T. Baslee photo

Posted May 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I strongly recommend reading Jason's write-up. He provides some great details and discussions. He also includes some good links as well.

This is a very well written article.

Posted May 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I cannot blame President Trump for this. I can guarantee that the driver graduated High School long before President Trump was elected.

Likewise, I do not blame President Obama either. The responsibility for this accident lies with the driver. Whoever happened to be Secretary of Education at any given time is irrelevant.

It does not take a PhD in math, physics or engineering to realize that a 30 ton load will not make it across a 3 ton bridge. Anyone, whether long ears or hose nose, should be able to figure this out.

Posted May 6, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2017/05/06/grain-truck... More on the collapse of the Gilliece Bridge in Iowa

In my humble opinion, no trucker should be allowed on the highway without proper education. This includes math, vehicle safety and laws, psychology, first aid and even technology classes (including how to read GPS). This incident again reinforces the lack of education and training needed to handle a semi-truck, let alone driving period. If you want to defer someone, then not just the trucking company, but also Betsy DeVos and Elisabeth Chao because neither have a clue about educating our younger generations and Trump put them there to become puppets of his political machine.

Posted May 6, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Ignorance of the law is NEVER an excuse, and this includes ignorance due to improper use of GPS Tools. If I am pulled over for speeding the officer will NOT make an exception because I didn't see the speed limit sign or because my car's speedometer is not functioning. Obedience of the laws of the road is the RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DRIVER NO EXCEPTIONS. If you don't agree with that then please use public transit. And don't drive a truck and put our bridges and the lives of others at risk. What if someone had been fishing or kayaking under this bridge?

Posted May 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Apparently the GPS unit sent the out-of-town truck driver down this road.

http://www.wxow.com/story/35354934/2017/05/05/large-truck-ca...

Truck Driving 101:

When faced with a restricted bridge or other obstacle, stop the truck and contact the sheriff's office for assistance. They can stop traffic while you slowly and carefully back out.

Posted May 5, 2017, by Anonymous

This is such a neat bridge.

Posted May 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted May 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Somehow, this lightweight Bowstring bridge carried traffic for over 140 years. Okay, I know there are much older bridges in Europe, but the county sure got its money's worth out of this bridge.

The collapse of this bridge is especially tragic given the fact that it was marked for preservation. Of course, the same thing could be said for the Turkey River Bowstring Bridge also in Winneshiek County. But, if anybody can fix this it would be Julie, Nels, and the Gang.