3 votes

Oak Street Bridge (1928)


Looking West

Photo taken by Quinn Phelan in January 2009


BH Photo #131433

Street View 

History Link 

National Parks Service Web Site

For a nice history of this bridge, go here...


Replacement bridge construction link

Iowa DOT

Here is the Iowa DOT link with construction documents and progress photos...



Lost deck arch bridge over the Iowa River on Oak St/US 20/US 65
Iowa Falls, Hardin County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1928; rehabilitated 1967; Replaced 2010
- Weldon Brothers Construction Co. of Iowa Falls, Iowa
Deck arch
Length of largest span: 234.9 ft.
Total length: 254.9 ft.
Deck width: 62.0 ft.
Also called
US 65 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.51786, -93.26286   (decimal degrees)
42°31'04" N, 93°15'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/478408/4707309 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Iowa Falls West
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
IA 27140 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13578 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2008)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 1, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 3, 2018: New photo from David Shedlock
  • March 10, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder & changed information back to the arch bridge.
  • February 19, 2012: Essay added by Quinn Phelan
  • August 22, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: added lost date
  • July 27, 2011: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • December 30, 2009: Updated by David Backlin: Added contractor
  • February 21, 2009: Essay added by Quinn Phelan
  • January 6, 2009: New photos from Quinn Phelan

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Iowa River US 65 Bridge
Posted February 28, 2012, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Had a chance top see the new bridge and all I can say is: IT'S AWFUL!! Why didn't they just renovate the concrete arch bridge and be done with it? What a waste!

Iowa River US 65 Bridge
Posted June 25, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can't believe this - I drove my car over this bridge a few years ago and had no idea what was underneath!

Iowa River US 65 Bridge
Posted June 24, 2009, by Nathan Holth

According to a June 23rd 2009 communication with Iowa Department of Transportation, this bridge is to be demolished and replaced with a steel through arch "soon".