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Foster Bridge (Original)

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Description 

This structure was preceded by a steel bridge, known locally as the Foster Bridge, whose construction history is well-documented in county records. In late May of 1911 county commissioners adopted plans and specifications for the proposed bridge and immediately advertised for construction bids. Fifteen bids, ranging from $8,450 to $11,400, were received by June. Low-bidder Lana Construction Company of Harlan, Iowa, was awarded the contract, and the company began work soon after. Evidently the Foster Bridge experienced severe problems in the next few decades, and these structural difficulties precipitated construction of a new, permanent bridge in 1933.

[Adapted from Crow-Dolby and Fraser 1992].

Facts 

Overview
Girder over Iowa River on Washington Avenue
Location
Iowa Falls, Hardin County, Iowa
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1911; Replaced 1933
Builders
- Lana Construction Co. of Council Bluffs, Iowa
- Lane Bridge Co. of Painted Post, New York
Design
Girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.51969, -93.27006   (decimal degrees)
42°31'11" N, 93°16'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/477816/4707514 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Iowa Falls West
Inventory number
BH 58911 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 29, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

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