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South English River Bridge

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South English River Bridge

View from the southwest

Photo taken by Dave King on July 31, 2014

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BH Photo #289993

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over South English River on 170th Avenue
Location
Keokuk County, Iowa
Status
Open to traffic
Design
Double-intersection Warren pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.47104, -92.27805   (decimal degrees)
41°28'16" N, 92°16'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/560283/4591300 (zone/easting/northing)
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Inventory number
BH 60032 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 4, 2014: New photos from Dave King
  • July 31, 2014: Updated by Luke: Updated bridge type per Dave's photographs
  • July 31, 2014: New photos from Dave King
  • March 2, 2014: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke

Comments 

South English River Bridge
Posted July 31, 2014, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The road is signed off as a Private Road but Enter at your own risk.

South English River Bridge
Posted July 31, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Luke... probably not a bad idea. My concern is many people seem to think that just because a truss has vertical end posts that it must be a bedstead... which is not the case. This bridge looks like it has railroad design influence. Maybe it was originally a RR bridge... or a HWY over RR bridge that the RR designed. I have not known the RR to design bedsteads.

Another mystery... why no NBI listing? Is this road really open to traffic or is it perhaps abandoned by the county and instead owned by a farmer? I was hoping the NBI listing might have an odd construction date that might point to when the bridge was moved here.

South English River Bridge
Posted July 31, 2014, by Luke

I'll change it to just a plain DI warren pony, just in case...

South English River Bridge
Posted July 31, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Do we have photos confirming that this rare double-warren pony truss is actually a bedstead... meaning that the end posts MUST extend below the bottom chord of the bridge to perform a substructure function? Based on the photos posted, it doesn't look like a bedstead. But I can't really tell.