Rating:
4 votes

Mill Street Bridge

Photos 

Tucked back in the trees, around the curve…

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in May 2013

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BH Photo #253493

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Wolf Creek on Mill Street in Traer
Location
Traer, Tama County, Iowa
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1911; Replaced 2013
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 120.1 ft.
Total length: 123.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Also called
Wolf Creek Bridge
Traer Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.19573, -92.47093   (decimal degrees)
42°11'45" N, 92°28'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/543681/4671644 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Traer
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
130
Inventory numbers
IA 11380 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14499 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2013)
Sufficiency rating: 15.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 29, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge being replaced
  • May 11, 2013: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • January 24, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is a Pratt through truss

Sources 

  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Wolf Creek Mill Street Bridge
Posted September 28, 2013, by donald stoops (sarahstoops [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I'm a construction worker replacing the old bridge. We have saved bridges like this in the past in fact the company I work for rebuilt the Cedar bridge in Madison co Ia and did a major repair on the Hammond bridge in Marion co Ia. We have rehabbed several truss bridges by adding steel plating to their beams, and replacing piling but the Taer bridge was rusted out to the point that repairing the bridge, well not impossible, would have cost 2 to 3 time the price of a new bridge

Wolf Creek Mill Street Bridge
Posted May 13, 2013, by Julie Bowers (Jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Same county engineer as Poweshiek. Enough said.

Wolf Creek Mill Street Bridge
Posted May 13, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

I think that was the secret plan of Tama County: hire some banditos to purposely cut down a tree and have it land onto the bridge so that they can provide contractors with a head start on the demolition plan and justify reasons for demo-ing a National Register Landmark! Such a sad day indeed; esp. as I had this bridge on my list of bridges to visit during the HB Weekend in August.... :-(

Link: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2013/05/13/traer-bridg...

Wolf Creek Mill Street Bridge
Posted May 12, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Looks like it's going to the scrapper and they don't care about damage.

Wolf Creek Mill Street Bridge
Posted May 12, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unfortunately Mr. Manning, It would appear that this bridge's fate is what's locked...

Wolf Creek Mill Street Bridge
Posted May 12, 2013, by Margot

I had a hunch that the trees being cut down might indicate upcoming construction, and unfortunately Google turned this up in a search (copied from the cached pdf):

IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

MAJOR ITEMS - PRELIMINARY QUANTITY REPORT

(for information only)

Proposed Letting Date: March 19, 2013 10:00 A.M.

Proposal ID: 86-7710-601

Proposed Contract Period: Late Start Date of 07/15/13 with 70 WORK DAYS

Project No: BROS-7710(601)--8J-86

Type of Work: BRIDGE REPLACEMENT - CCS

Route: MILL STREET Length: 0.10 miles

Location: IN THE CITY OF TRAER, OVER WOLF CREEK

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Quantity/Unit

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ITEMS FOR A 130'-0 X 30'-0 CONTINUOUS CONCRETE SLAB BRIDGE

2102-2710070 EXCAVATION, CL 10, RDWY+BORROW 5,133 CY

2403-0100010 STRUCT CONC (BRIDGE) 421 CY

2404-7775000 REINFORC STEEL 81,889 LB

Wolf Creek Mill Street Bridge
Posted May 12, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Hard to tell from the pictures but this looks like someone cutting trees dropped one on the bridge. Any info on what happened, who is responsible, future prospects?