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Berry Bridge


Lost pony truss bridge over an unnamed creek on Halfmoon Avenue
Johnson County, Iowa
No longer exists
Relocated here 1976; Replaced 2003; Relocated to FW Kent Park
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 100.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.70219, -91.69056   (decimal degrees)
41°42'08" N, 91°41'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/608949/4617539 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 80 N., R. 7 W., Sec. 32
Inventory numbers
IA 31967 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13766 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1976 (103)
Built during 1970s (993)
Iowa (6,789)
Johnson County, Iowa (219)
Lost (28,364)
Lost 2003 (548)
Lost during 2000s (4,402)
Owned by county (21,598)
Pony truss (17,004)
Replaced by new bridge (19,289)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,414)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,360)
Truss (35,365)

Update Log 

  • June 6, 2019: Updated by Luke: Noted the bridge was both relocated here in 1976 and relocated to F.W. Kent Park in 2003

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  • Luke


Berry Bridge
Posted September 14, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

As much as I would LOVE to see a bridge built in 2003 classified as junk a mere 20 years later, I think they are actually referring to a 1920s stringer bridge #204130 south of this location on the same road. Leading me to this conclusion is the ungalvanized steel angle railing visible in the news article photo. Also these statistics annoy me because they are being manipulated to make them say what people want them to say. What is a "bad" bridge? Because it is posted for load? Half the bridges in the United Kingdom are narrow, one-lane "Weak Bridges" but that doesn't mean they are considered "Bad Bridges." However under this article (and other similar publications) they would be. Just because something is restricted does not mean it is insufficient for its use, or that it is not worth preserving.

Berry Bridge
Posted September 14, 2021, by Luke

This bridge's replacement is in the news, prompting yet-another scaremongering article about how "bad" Iowa's bridges are.


(Even though most of the "bad" bridges are on gravel roads rarely traveled by anyone but locals.)