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Rock Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Bob Davis

BH Photo #130307



Lost pony truss bridge over Rock Creek on 155th Avenue in Ottumwa
Wapello County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Built ca. 1930; replaced 2014
Riveted, 5-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 42.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.04036, -92.46248   (decimal degrees)
41°02'25" N, 92°27'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/545178/4543376 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ottumwa North
Land survey
T. 72 N., R. 14 W., Sec. 15
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
IA 331450 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14619 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.7 (out of 100)
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5-panel truss (487)
Built during 1930s (11,773)
Iowa (6,530)
Lost (25,007)
Lost 2014 (360)
Lost during 2010s (3,298)
One-lane traffic (7,614)
Owned by county (20,859)
Pony truss (16,245)
Pratt pony truss (3,654)
Pratt truss (9,352)
Replaced by new bridge (16,797)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,711)
Structurally deficient (14,098)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,215)
Truss (32,984)
Wapello County, Iowa (107)
Wooden deck (6,074)

Update Log 

  • August 1, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Updated based on satellite imagery. Bridge has been replaced.


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Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted October 19, 2008, by Bob Davis (bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net)

Here's a couple of photos of this bridge on 155th Avenue over Rock Creek as identified on local topo maps. It is just downstream of Rock Bluffs on the southwest side of the Des Moines River above Ottumwa.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.