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Villisca Overpass

Photos 

North Approach

Photo taken by David Backlin in September 2009

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BH Photo #146869

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Villisca has a short section of old US 71 that was bypassed before it was altered from its original condition. This bridge and the north approach are a great look at what highways were like before WW2. The pavement is curbed 18 foot concrete and the bridge looks much as it must have when built.

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over BNSF Railway on S. U Ave (old US 71) in Villisca
Location
Villisca, Montgomery County, Iowa
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1929
Railroad
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 46.9 ft.
Total length: 188.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.92738, -94.98549   (decimal degrees)
40°55'39" N, 94°59'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/332829/4532593 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Villisca
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
1,060
Inventory numbers
IA 11525 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 43416 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 4.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Categories 

BNSF Railway (1,142)
Beam (12,678)
Built 1929 (906)
Built during 1920s (8,979)
Have street view (23,396)
Iowa (5,932)
Montgomery County, Iowa (76)
Open (36,877)
Owned by city (4,641)
Span length 25-50 feet (13,917)
Steel stringer (5,002)
Structurally deficient (18,172)
Total length 175-250 feet (3,841)
US 71 (146)
Villisca, Iowa (4)

Update Log 

  • February 12, 2018: New photo from Daniel Barnes
  • September 7, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed name
  • September 10, 2010: New photos from Clark Vance
  • October 3, 2009: New photos from David Backlin
  • September 27, 2009: Added by David Backlin

Sources 

  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Daniel Barnes

Comments 

Villisca Overpass
Posted December 15, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Some creepy Villisca history:

http://www.villiscaiowa.com/