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Big Bear Creek Bridge

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Big Bear Creek Bridge

View looking west down the abandoned road. Part of bridge can just be seen. Taken June 17, 2013

Photo taken by Dave King

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BH Photo #256539

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Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Big Bear Creek on 160th Street
Location
Iowa County, Iowa
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built ca. 1920; rehabilitated 1955
Builders
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa (Design)
- Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania & Woodlawn, Pennsylvania (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)
Design
Pratt through truss with riveted connections and a 30 skew. Portal bracings are beam.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 101.0 ft.
Total length: 160.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.8 ft.
Skew angle
30 degrees
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.77536, -92.10964   (decimal degrees)
41°46'31" N, 92°06'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/573996/4625217 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Marengo
Land survey
T. 80 N., R. 11 W., Sec. 3
Inventory numbers
IA 190520 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13678 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 18, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added categories "River To River Road", "IA 7", "US 32"
  • June 17, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Skewed", "Concrete deck", "A-frame portal"
  • June 17, 2013: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Jones & Laughlin Steel Co."
  • January 26, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Adjusted the information
  • January 25, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Both the bridge and the road from the current curve in which 160th Street becomes J Avenue to, and beyond the bridge are abandoned

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Big Bear Creek Bridge
Posted August 18, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)

Carried River to River Road, IA 7 and US 32. Bypassed by new alignment in 1930.