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16th Street Bridge


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Street Views 


Lost pony truss bridge over South Skunk River on 16th Street in Ames
Ames, Story County, Iowa
Replaced, one span lays abandoned in a field on west side of waterway, span on the east side of the waterway removed from field in 2015
Built 1958; rehabilitated 1974; replaced 2007; spans appear to have been scrapped in 2015
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa
Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 89.9 ft.
Total length: 277.2 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.00922, -93.59381   (decimal degrees)
42°00'33" N, 93°35'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/450829/4650970 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ames East
Land survey
T. 83 N., R. 24 W., Sec. 13
Inventory numbers
IA 314860 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14440 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/1998)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 45.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)

Update Log 

  • October 17, 2016: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: South Skunk
  • August 9, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Update based on satellite imagery: The span in the field has been removed
  • September 2, 2014: New Street View added by Luke
  • September 2, 2014: New photos from Lee Smith
  • November 18, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected stataus as 1/2 of the bridge sits extant in a field.
  • May 10, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • May 8, 2012: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • September 4, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed Name
  • August 21, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Added lost date.
  • July 27, 2011: New Street View added by Ben Tate
  • July 26, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
  • June 3, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Status Update



16th Street Bridge
Posted October 5, 2016, by Matt Lohry

The latest GE imagery shows that there is still one span left; it's on the edge of the tree line on the west side of the river, about 500 feet north of the road. Only the span on the east side of the river has been removed.

16th Street Bridge
Posted October 4, 2016, by Stephen Johndreau (stephen_johndreau [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm a rancher in Nebraska. Can I buy this bridge? Where did it go?

16th Street Bridge
Posted September 2, 2014, by Lee Smith

Online maps are still showing both halves of the bridge sitting in fields. And the street view is of the east side. The West Side is sitting back from the road along the tree line and the East side is in the middle of the field. When we drove by the other day I did not notice the east bridge but we were not looking for it either. The weeds in the fields are quite tall and it could have been missed.

Skunk River Bridge
Posted August 23, 2011, by jim wilcox (jwsknk [at] iastate [dot] edu)

plan was to use the old bridge as part of Skunk River Bike Trail over Squaw Creek just to the north. Span might have come up just short.

Skunk River Bridge
Posted August 21, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

Well if someone does not find a spot to reuse it, the bridge will become lost. Same thing happened with the Whitney Road Bridge. They built a fancy new UCEB and placed the old truss in the middle of a field next to the road. It sat there for a couple years and then just disappeared, scrapped most likely.

Skunk River Bridge
Posted August 21, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Might want to amend the LOST status.....as the bridge does still exist.

Skunk River Bridge
Posted May 28, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Bridge confirmed as replaced via google streeview along with a photo on panoramio: http://www.panoramio.com/user/246368?comment_page=4&photo_pa...

Skunk River Bridge
Posted May 28, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

This bridge appears to have been replaced.