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Cottonville Bridge

Photos 

Overall View Of Bridge And Stream, Looking Northwest

Photo by Clayton B. Fraser, September 1990, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #122933

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost welded steel arch bridge over Farmers Creek on Bellevue Cascade Road in Cottonville
Location
Cottonville, Jackson County, Iowa
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1946; replaced 1993
Builders
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Arch Ribs)
- Jackson County Road & Bridge Crew
Design
"The Cottonville Bridge is among Iowa's earliest extant examples of welded bridge construction. It is a simply supported, single-span tied arch structure that combines elements that are both anachronistic and innovative. Its arched configuration resembles an updated version of the venerable bowstring arch-truss built widely on Iowa's roads in the 1870s and 1880s. Its extensive use of welded connections at a time in which welded technology was in its formative stages, however, marks the bridge as a sophisticated design exercise."

Carl W. McWilliams and Clayton B. Fraser
Fraserdesign
Loveland, Colorado, March 1991

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Dimensions
Span length: 50.0 ft.
Total length: 50.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.24146, -90.73295   (decimal degrees)
42°14'29" N, 90°43'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/687044/4679074 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fulton
Inventory number
BH 37364 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 7, 2013: Updated by Jason Smith: Readjusted the GPS coordinates
  • September 4, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER IA-31 - Cottonville Bridge
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com