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Durow Road Bridge


Durow Road Bridge from the South

This bridge looks impressive sitting out in the open prairie on an unpaved rural road 18 miles north of Cedar Rapids, IA.

Photo taken by Quinn Phelan in December 2008


BH Photo #130317



Through truss bridge over Blue Creek on Durow Road
Linn County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built in the 1920s at a location 20 miles south of its present spot; relocated here in 1949 to replace a wooden stringer; rehabilitated 1989
Riveted, 8-panel Parker through truss
Span length: 160.1 ft.
Total length: 160.1 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.21886, -91.82318   (decimal degrees)
42°13'08" N, 91°49'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/597127/4674747 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Center Point
Land survey
T. 86 N., R. 8 W., Sec. 31
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IA 223450 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13834 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 18, 2015: Updated by Dave King: Added category "A-frame portal"
  • March 16, 2014: New photo from Luke Harden
  • July 1, 2013: New photos from Dave King
  • May 11, 2013: New photos from Dave King
  • September 2, 2011: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the bridge's history in addition to adding some photos
  • August 12, 2011: New photo from Quinn Phelan
  • December 14, 2008: New photos from Quinn Phelan


  • Quinn Phelan - qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke


Durow Road Bridge
Posted March 16, 2014, by David Sebben (nebbes61 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A black and white photo colorized of the Durow Road Bridge.

Durow Road Bridge
Posted December 17, 2008, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

There was, it looks like a wood trestle bridge there prior to the current metal truss bridge. The metal truss bridge might be older and was moved here, when a road elsewhere outgrew the capacity of the bridge.

Durow Road Bridge
Posted December 17, 2008, by qphelan (qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net)

Note in the 5th picture the pilings from the previous bridge deteriorating below the current bridge.

Durow Road Bridge
Posted December 15, 2008, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Generally speaking, depending on your state road budget, and the average daily traffic over a particular bridge, they are inspected every 2 to 3 years. A lot can happen to a wooden deck in that length of time.

Durow Road Bridge
Posted December 15, 2008, by Quinn Phelan (qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net)

Yes, it was scary driving over this bridge in a 2 ton pickup truck. If just painting it qualifies for upkeep - someone needs to examine the deck alot closer during the next inspection !

Durow Road Bridge
Posted December 14, 2008, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

It appears that this bridge was actually (gasp) painted within the last decade. That indicates maintenance, which would allow for a load rating close to original design.