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Bear Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Bob Davis

BH Photo #130310



Pony truss bridge over Branch Des Moines River on a local road
Wapello County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1935
Riveted, 5-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 42.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Also called
215th Avenue Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.00488, -92.57242   (decimal degrees)
41°00'18" N, 92°34'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/535957/4539386 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 72 N., R. 15 W., Sec. 27
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
IA 331650 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14589 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20.6 (out of 100)
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5-panel truss (456)
Built 1935 (1,671)
Built during 1930s (10,767)
Iowa (5,903)
One-lane traffic (7,452)
Open (37,306)
Owned by county (19,074)
Pony truss (15,174)
Pratt pony truss (3,224)
Pratt truss (8,136)
Span length 25-50 feet (13,916)
Structurally deficient (18,498)
Total length 25-50 feet (10,075)
Truss (29,787)
Wapello County, Iowa (106)

Update Log 

  • August 1, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Fixed Location
  • March 11, 2009: Updated by Bob Davis


  • Bob Davis - bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net
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Branch Des Moines River Bridge
Posted November 9, 2008, by Bob Davis (bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net)

A better name for this bridge is the "Bear Creek Bridge" since it takes 215th Avenue over Bear Creek seven miles east of where Bear Creek joins the Des Moines River at Ottumwa. This bridge is easy to find being a half mile south of US Hwy 34 between Ottumwa and Albia.

Photos taken November 9, 2008 are attached and my coordinates (41.00494, -92.57240) compare well with those provided.

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