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UP - Lincoln Highway Overpass


The west approach

This is a bridge that drivers have dreaded for years, hoping to not meet a large truck coming from the other direction. The concrete abutment is as scary today as it was in the heyday of the Lincoln Highway.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2007

BH Photo #112662


Street View 


HwyRelocation from Iowa DOT on Vimeo.

Lincoln Highway Relocation

Iowa Department of Transportation


Bridge over E-41 (The Lincoln Highway) on Union Pacific Double Mainline (Formerly Chicago & North Western Railway)
Story County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1918 (according to stamp on abutment, plate says 1917)
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Twin skewed 45' deck plate girders
Span length: 45.0 ft.
Total length: 45.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.6 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.02140, -93.39100   (decimal degrees)
42°01'17" N, 93°23'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/467629/4652226 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
IA 49430 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 36342 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 11, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • March 30, 2015: New video from Luke
  • September 8, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Merged NBI data
  • July 24, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information and correct build date
  • April 19, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added build date
  • February 21, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • February 16, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Chicago & North Western Railway"
  • July 31, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • March 30, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Bridge to "Lincoln Highway" Category
  • March 2, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


Lincoln Highway C&NW Bridge
Posted July 22, 2008, by Chad Kelham (ckelham [at] ballstate [dot] bsu [dot] edu)

This bridge(ex-C&NW, now UP) without a doubt is something any motorist would want to brace themselves for (especially with the concrete abutments at either approach ) & makes for one adrenalin-fueled adventure for anyone who wants to travel the Lincoln Highway in this part of Iowa.

All around, awesome pics!!