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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.

Posted May 5, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

You break it, you buy it. Clearly the monetary penalties for doing this sort of damage are not enough to deter this sort of carelessness.

If someone drove a truck through an historic cemetery no one would brush it off as "The stones were old and needed to be replaced".

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

As much as I hated to do it, I have updated this listing. Hopefully it is salvageable for restoration.

Posted May 5, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Based on review of the newspaper photos, the following company is responsible for the destruction of this cast and wrought iron, nationally significant historic bridge that was previously slated for preservation by Workin' Bridges:

Sinclair Milling Inc. Parkersburg, Iowa (USDOT 2812912)

This company recently completed a skyscraper-sized concrete feed mill. They can afford to pay for the non-destructive removal and full restoration of this bridge. And they should pay.

Also, the driver responsible needs to face jail time. Precedent for jail time for this offense is set through the sentencing of the idiot who drove a truck over the Gospel Street Bridge in Indiana.

Posted May 5, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

5X the posted limit... Ridiculous!

I just hope there is some insurance money to help with the cause!

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

The good news...once Julie is on scene, bridges get fixed. She always finds a way! Now, what can we bridgehunters do to help?

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

Well, shucks. Hopefully Nels can work his magic with this one...

On a complete side note, sometimes I am glad that my homestate of Kansas rips out the wooden decks of iron bridges, transfers them to private owners, and lets them rust in peace on private property before their eventual collapse by flood or falling tree. At least this means that nobody is going to drive a big commercial vehicle over them in the meantime...

Posted May 5, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted May 5, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Destroyed by a grain semi. Stupid jerk drivers that was our bridge too. We were going to keep it there. Aaaargh

Posted May 2, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge would be a great candidate for reuse. The SHPO should consider waiving the requirements if nobody steps forward agreeing to all of their conditions. The SHPO should rather see this bridge preserved even without National Register Listing, instead of being scrapped and turned in to Chicken Noodle Soup cans...

Posted May 2, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Dismantle and store requirements need to be in place for all historic bridges that are to be replaced... Five to ten years minimum.

Yes Julie, it sounds like Iowa waits until the last minute and then expects a miracle!

Posted May 2, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

From my personal observation, I would say that by the time a state (any state) or county has already made the decision to replace a bridge, it is usually too late to save it without great difficulty.

It is also difficult to come up with a large amount of money at the last minute in order to save a bridge that is just about to face the wrecking ball. (ie. demolition contract already signed).

Simply put, bridges present a lot of challenges for SHPOs that other structure simply don't present. Let's face it, a historic 1855 tool shed does not have to carry ambulances and fire trucks over an active river. Bridges do. Thus, the metal truss bridge is probably one of the most endangered types of historic structures in the United States.

This is why advocacy in advance is so important and often effective. If we want to save our favorite bridges we need to plan for saving them well in advance. Photographing bridges is fun, but advocating for them is absolutely necessary. We cannot wait to act until the construction company is already cutting down the trees around our favorite bridge.

I really have to admire folks like Julie who have built their companies from the ground up. This is a hard business but I do believe it can be a rewarding one.

Posted May 2, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I would think about offering to save these bridges but IOWA SHPO truly makes it way too hard. You must know what you're doing, you must have all the money, you must make sure it has somewhere to go that they like and none of it must come back to them, oh and figure out your own scope of work and estimates.

Other states do it better. This just makes me laugh out loud. They have learned nothing except that in order to fulfill the mission they have to offer it up for sale and do a historic bridge plan.

We can find homes for Warren pony trusses but we won't know until we get them, see what restoration needs are and then find the new homes. It is just backwards.

Posted May 1, 2017, by EOR_Iowa (bmartin [at] eorinc [dot] com)

The correct date is May 19th, not June 28th, to respond to listing.

Posted May 1, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The comments and images on this page provide some great information. Perhaps the Webmaster can merge this information with the original page.

Reuse of this bridge sounds like a great idea. Thanks to all for calling to our attention.

Posted May 1, 2017, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)
Posted May 1, 2017, by Bill Martin (bmartin [at] eorinc [dot] com)

Mills County is making the Nishnabotna River Bridge available for sale to allow it to be moved to a different site and preserved for future generations. The bridge spans the West Nishnabotna River and is currently located on County Road M-16 (370th Street) approximately 4.6 miles northeast of Hastings and 4.2 miles south of Henderson in the northeast portion of Mills County, Iowa. The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. Plans are currently being made to construct a new bridge meeting current design and safety standards at this location.

The historic Nishnabotna River Bridge is a 291 x 20, 4 span, steel Warren pony truss bridge. The existing bridge is currently open to traffic. The new bridge will be placed along the existing alignment.

Any parties interested in purchasing the bridge must be able to prove they have: 1) the intention to preserve the historical integrity of the bridge, 2) the means to remove and relocate the bridge, 3) a predetermined location to place or store the bridge, and 4) the means to conduct necessary maintenance to return the bridge to adequate public safety standards.

Any party who purchases the bridge should make a good faith effort to place the bridge in a setting similar to its original environment, to reconstruct the bridge in such a way that the historic character of the bridge is still apparent, and to re-list the bridge on the National Register of Historic places.

Interested parties will be given until June 29, 2017 to respond to this advertisement. If the County receives no offer that it determines conforms to the requirements above, the County, in consultation with Iowa State Historic Preservation Office, may demolish the property.

Posted April 28, 2017, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good find John.

Posted April 27, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Dave,

Thanks for posting this bridge. I found a likely location where one of the spans was relocated to:

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/worth/21067/

Posted April 22, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Stupidity and ignorance took down another icon! http://www.wtol.com/story/35206285/newscast-captures-alleged...

Posted April 20, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Posted April 20, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Nice shots! 1895 cool add. As always Luke you Rock!

Posted April 20, 2017, by Kelly McClanahan

Evidently they have made an arrests on the arson on this bridge.

Posted April 16, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

This bridge had a sign that said "Notice: This area protected by video surveillance."

However, the Des Moines Register story reported:

"Barnes [county sheriff] says there was no electricity or light source at the bridge and no severe weather or lightning in the area, so the fire will be investigated as arson."

and

"Barnes said there are no security devices surrounding the bridge."

Posted April 15, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well, I have next to no experience with Lattice truss bridges considering it's been like 100 years since Indiana had one...

But I still see trusses standing straight despite being charred, So I don't see a Destroyed bridge here! Heavily damaged yes, but not destroyed. Considering there is a new bridge nearby to handle traffic, do a light blast job on it and reroof and side it!

A roof and siding do not make a bridge... They simply protect the structure from the elements.

Posted April 15, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Posted April 15, 2017, by Brian Manville

This bridge is beautiful!! I love the look of it. Sadly, it looks like fire claimed it.

Posted April 14, 2017, by Steve Loy (steve [dot] loy [at] eku [dot] edu)

Wrong date for when built. I played on that bridge in the 1950s, my father played on it in the 1920s.

Posted April 13, 2017, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

We've had some spring flooding in the past few years, but no significant flooding on the cedar this spring that I've heard of.

Here's a link to the mason city Globe Gazette article. It's not behind a paywall for me.

https://www.google.com/amp/globegazette.com/news/local/parti...

Posted April 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hasn't the Cedar River flooded several times in the last few years?

Sorry, can't read the article without a subscription.

Posted April 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What a shame...

Posted April 12, 2017, by Luke

Sadly, this bridge is failing as we speak: http://www.charlescitypress.com/site/uncategorized/2017/04/1...

Posted April 8, 2017, by Ann Thoma-Schloz

it's not Thomas Rd actualy it's Thoma's Rd. The bridge orginnally spanned Old Mill creek east of LaMote, Iowa.

Posted April 8, 2017, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Another hiccup:

http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Road-to-historic-bridge-clo...

KALONA, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Washington County supervisors have voted to close a road that leads to a historic bridge.

The Bunker Mill Bridge south of Kalona, Iowa on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. The road in front of the fence is the one the owner has requested Washington County close. (Dave Franzman/KCRG-TV9)

There was short discussion before the supervisors voted 3-2 to pass the resolution. The Bunker Mill Bridge is in Kalona over the English River. An arsonist burned it down in September of 2013. Bridge supporters spent the better part of three years rebuilding and trying to preserve the 130-year-old bridge.

"Why would you close the road? It doesn't benefit anyone but that land owner" said Scott Allen of Kalona.

That's what some residents said about a decision to close part of a road leading to the Bunker Mill Bridge.

"I was very disappointed and shocked. I think it was a very bad decision. They're elected officials but they are not following what the electorate wants" said Steve Maxon of Wellman.

Now cyclists, hikers, and the Amish community can't use the renovated bridge.

"It's got a lot of historic value and it goes through a very environmentally interesting area up there in the northern part of the county" said Maxon.

The chairman for the board of supervisors said closing the road south of the bridge will save taxpayers money

"Currently we would have to keep maintaining that road. Once we give it back to the property owners we no longer have to maintain that road" said Richard Young, the chairman of the Washington County Board of Supervisors.

One man with property near the bridge wanted part of Nutmeg Road closed because more people are trespassing and leaving trash. Young said it will keep troublemakers off private property.

"There's a lot of people that are trespass down there, ride their four wheelers, they dump garbage down there" said Young.

Maxon said what's most disappointing is that so much time and money to fix the bridge essentially went to waste.

"That's very frustrating. Very frustrating indeed because the bridge is stronger than ever. It's been fixed up so it'll hold more than it ever would have originally" said Maxon.

But the fighting is not over yet. Some residents have filed a lawsuit against a non-profit that has put a fence around the bridge. The county hasn't said when the road leading to the bridge will close.

Posted April 6, 2017, by joe

the surroundings to the bridge are terrible and very unmaintained

Posted April 6, 2017, by Christie Meller (cjmeller [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was the backdrop of my childhood. Breaks my heart that it is gone. Was able to get some good pictures the last time I was back home before it was demolished.

Posted March 31, 2017, by Daniel Barnes

Street view does not match location.

Posted March 31, 2017, by Daniel Barnes (barnes [dot] daniel34 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Street view does not match location.

Posted March 14, 2017, by Luke

1924 per our own Jason Smith's website: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2014/04/26/mystery-bri...

Posted March 14, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Without checking county records (which may, or may not have the answer), I would estimate that this bridge could have been built ca. 1915-1930 based on overall appearance.

Posted March 14, 2017, by randy haugen (ranhau9 [at] aol [dot] com)

How old is this bridge? When was it built?

Posted March 13, 2017, by Shelby Marie (shoebe_09 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is no longer here. I went back to take a winter photo after our last snowfall and to my suprise it was gone! I was just there this last October so I have no idea when they tore it out.

Posted March 1, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's this one. You can find more recent photos on The Forgotten Iowa Historical Society Page. Thanks to Andrew Motley for this hunt.

Posted February 25, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Wondering if this bridge was built with pre-cast pieces or was it cast in place? Also if it was pre-cast, can sections be replaced if the concrete begins to degrade prematurely?

Posted February 25, 2017, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like this bridge will be replaced

http://www.decorahnews.com/news-stories/2017/02/15826.html

The City of Decorah is getting some financial help from the Iowa DOT in replacing the Oneota Drive Bridge near the Decorah Campground. The DOT says it will spend up to $1 million in state funds to pay 80 percent of the cost of a new bridge.

State inspectors gave the bridge a "deficiency rating" last year, but temporary fixes were made and the state allowed the bridge to remain open..

City officials have gotten estimates from WHKS Engineering on the cost of six options for a new bridge, ranging from $1.3 million for relocating the road and installing a pre-engineered steel truss bridge to $970,000 to rehabilitate the existing bridge structure. City officials will spend 2017 studying the options and getting public input. The new bridge would then be installed in 2018.

Posted February 25, 2017, by Don Morrison

Dana; your picture is of Twin Bridges, on 5th Street north northeast of town, see the Twin Bridges entry on Bridgehunter, also the Bluffs along the river match the 5th Street location.

Posted February 24, 2017, by Anonymous

If I'm understanding them correctly, neither design proposal seems to be inclined to preserve the bridge: https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_agTcUOpXJPT9Gm1

Posted February 20, 2017, by Michael grow ( mgrow5260 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I remember Crossing the chain Lakes Bridge with my mom and dad and the boards rattling underneath the tires scared me to death I must have been four or five years old while going across one day I even saw a hobo across the railroad tracks wonderful memories I'm 62 years old now

Posted February 18, 2017, by C Last (atlast [at] speedconnect [dot] com)

The rail line from Elmira through Tipton to Clinton was opened late 1884. The bridge had to be completed by then.

Posted February 17, 2017, by Julie Bowers (Jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is available for reuse. It has not come off river yet but give me a call if you have a desire for this restored bridge.

Posted February 17, 2017, by Heather (hnweers62 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Is this bridge still for sale?

Posted February 12, 2017, by Joel Bader (joenonac [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There used to be three railroad overpasses at that location. I believe the third one was associated with the Chicago Great Western/Northwestern railroad line which ran up to the Berwick area. That line crossed East Euclid Avenue on another overpass (also removed) up to the north. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Posted February 9, 2017, by Daniel Barnes (barnes [dot] daniel34 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The picture titled 2nd Ave Overpass could not have been taken in 1975. The truck on the right is a Ford F-Series ca. 1987-1997. Also the car on the left is a version of the Chevy Cavalier ca. 1988-1994, with what looks like a 19891998 Isuzu Rodeo behind it.