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280th Street Bridge


Photo taken by Jordan Cook

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BH Photo #227306



Pony truss bridge over South Skunk River on 280th Street
Story County, Iowa
Closed to all traffic
Built 1929; rehabilitated 1975
Warren pony truss with all verticals
Length of largest span: 89.9 ft.
Total length: 184.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.95046, -93.55157   (decimal degrees)
41°57'02" N, 93°33'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/454285/4644422 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 82 N., R. 23 W., Sec. 5
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
IA 313990 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14437 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 41.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 16, 2017: Updated by Luke: Closed as of November 15th; Damaged due to suspected overweight vehicle crossing.
  • October 17, 2016: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: South Skunk
  • March 7, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • September 7, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • September 4, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed name


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280th Street Bridge
Posted December 7, 2017, by Luke

"Repairing the bridge could cost somewhere between $80,000 and $190,000 depending on the scale of repairs. Moon said if everything goes perfectly, the repair work could begin in about six months. If not, it could take a year or so.

Replacing the bridge could cost $1.5 million or more. In the best case scenario, it would be 18 months before construction starts on a new bridge, Moon said."

"To Sanders, the county has four options: repair the bridge; start the process of replacing it; acquire the land the bridge is on, which is slightly more expensive than replacing the bridge; or find a way to work with the city of Ames to turn its private road near the water plant back into a public road the county would maintain.

ďI donít particularly like any of those options, but thatís the only four options that I see,Ē he said"


280th Street Bridge
Posted November 16, 2017, by Luke