Rating:
3 votes

Willow Avenue Bridge

Photos 

Looking Northeast

Photo taken by Daniel Barnes in April 2018

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BH Photo #423298

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Thompson River on CR P64 (Willow Avenue)
Location
Union County, Iowa
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1885
Design
Through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 89.9 ft.
Total length: 156.2 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.91755, -94.04376   (decimal degrees)
40°55'03" N, 94°02'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/412108/4530128 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tingley NE
Land survey
T. 71 N., R. 28 W., Sec. 26
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
15
Inventory numbers
IA 324480 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14546 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2015)
Sufficiency rating: 16 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Categories 

19th Century (6,450)
Built 1885 (156)
Built during 1880s (1,712)
Closed (2,498)
Iowa (5,961)
NR-eligible (3,982)
One-lane traffic (7,513)
Owned by county (19,092)
Span length 75-100 feet (5,989)
Through truss (13,232)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,427)
Truss (29,972)
Union County, Iowa (43)
Wooden deck (5,897)

Update Log 

  • April 15, 2018: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • April 13, 2018: New photos from Daniel Barnes

Sources 

  • Daniel Barnes

Comments 

Willow Avenue Bridge
Posted April 14, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Trussed floor beams!

Willow Avenue Bridge
Posted April 13, 2018, by Richard Doody (rpdoody3 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice set of photos. Looks like Union County has the potential to cash in on the tourism potential of old iron bridges like a certain neighboring county has with covered bridges. Somebody needs to suggest that the local authorities invest in some paint and repairs.These spans may never be able to support a truckload of hogs or soybeans but they definitely could serve as bike or pedestrian spans. Rusty gold as the Hawkeyes say on cable tv.