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RI - Cliffland Bridge

Map 

Description 

At some point after this bridge was abandoned in 1980 and its rails were removed, a wooden covering was installed over the center DPG span by the private owner.

Note: total length is approximate

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over unknown creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
Location
Wapello County, Iowa
Status
Open
History
Abandoned for rail usage 1980, converted to covered bridge by private owner
Railroads
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Keokuk & Des Moines Railway (K&DM)
Design
4 Panel Open Deck Pile Trestle
1 Sp. 44' Deck plate girder
2 Panel Open Deck Pile Trestle
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 44.0 ft.
Total length: 134.0 ft.
Also called
RI Br. #701
Homemade Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.96444, -92.32354   (decimal degrees)
40°57'52" N, 92°19'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/556921/4535030 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 74259 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 3, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad", "Keokuk & Des Moines Railway", "Abingdon Coal & Iron Railroad", "Covered Railroad Bridge", "Covered"

Sources 

  • Dylan VanAntwerp - dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com

Comments 

RI - Cliffland Bridge
Posted November 3, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The Kal-Haven Trail in Michigan has one. Its actually described as a covered bridge even though it is in fact a deck plate girder (as near as I can tell from photos, I've never bothered to visit it)

http://www.michigan.org/property/donald-f-nichols-covered-br...

http://cdn1.buuteeq.com/upload/27583/covered-bridge-1.jpg

RI - Cliffland Bridge
Posted November 3, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

This is certainly a new one. Has anybody ever heard of a covered DPG bridge?