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Gilliece Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken October 2005 by Jason & Birgit Smith

BH Photo #101926

Map 

Description 

Known locally as the Gilliece Bridge, this bowstring through arch and wrought-iron truss is supported by a stone substructure and is approached on the north end by a steel stringer. The bridge dates to 1874, but traces its history some two years earlier. After decades of building short-span timber and stone bridges, Winneshiek County began contracting for all-iron superstructures in 1872; three bridges were built the next year, the Daubersmith Bridge, the Fort Atkinson Bridge and the Gilliece Bridge. Local stonemason Thomas Dwyer built the massive masonry abutments, which, according to county bridge commissioner George Winship, were "by far the best job of masonry in the county, so noted by all who have seen it." The abutments and 95-foot wingwalls consumed almost 212 cords of limestone and 17,898 feet of timber and plank. Ironically, Dwyer stood to lose money on the project if the commissioners had not decided to pay the stonemason an extra $215 for his work because, they reasoned, it was "not fair that the many should benefit at the expense of one poor man." As it had for the preceding two spans, the county purchased a bowstring arch-truss form the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. Completed in 1874, the Gilliece Bridge cost $6,969.47. In its extensive dealings with the Wrought Iron Bridge Company, Winneshiek County was simply following a regional trend. In the 1870s, the Ohio-based bridge company became one of the largest fabricators in America, and its president, David Hammond, one of the country's most prolific bridge innovators. The counties and municipalities of Iowa were among WIBCo's best customers. Winneshiek County's almost exclusive relationship with WIBCo was atypical but the Ohio giant was extremely active in the region at this time. Winneshiek County continued to deal almost exclusively with WIBCos throughout the remainder of the 1870s, erecting several more bowstrings at rural crossings of the Turkey and Upper Iowa Rivers. All but two o these have since been removed. (A third bowstring--the Freeport Bridge--has been moved from its abutments and now is located in a small park in Decorah.) The Gilliece Bridge is historically significant for its association with early county transportation. It is technologically important as a well-preserved example of what was once a mainstay structural type in Iowa - the wrought iron bowstring arch-truss [adapted from Crow-Dolby and Fraser 1992].

Facts 

Overview
Bowstring through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on Cattle Creek Road
Location
Winneshiek County, Iowa
Status
Closed following collapse.
Future prospects
Scheduled for replacement. Available for sale by Workin' Bridges.
History
Built 1874 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co. Collapsed under overweight load May 5th, 2017.
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Bowstring through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 129.0 ft.
Total length: 151.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.6 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 15, 1998
Also called
Daleys Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.41487, -91.95870   (decimal degrees)
43°24'54" N, 91°57'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/584301/4807413 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bluffton
Land survey
T. 99 N., R. 9 W., Sec. 6 (Bluffton Township)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 98000464 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
IA 348800 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14734 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2015)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 17.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
30

Update Log 

  • November 18, 2017: Added photos from James Baughn
  • May 8, 2017: New photos from Julie Bowers
  • May 5, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History, Status, and Status Description. Collapsed, recovery pending.
  • January 17, 2017: New photo from Robert Elder
  • May 31, 2016: New photos from Kevin Skow
  • July 22, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed name back to what it is known to most locals as, also added description
  • July 5, 2011: Updated by Julie Bowers: Updated availability information.
  • April 10, 2011: New photos from Benjamin Cole
  • January 30, 2011: New photos from Benjamin Cole
  • December 19, 2005: Posted photos from Jason and Birgit Smith

Sources 

  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Benjamin Cole - mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Julie Bowers - jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Kevin Skow - weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com

Comments 

Gilliece Bridge
Posted June 25, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Field visit today: the pieces are in a big pile on the east side.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted June 19, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Tony.I agree with you 100%.acts of stupidity they were,that's for sure.

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Posted June 19, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Two different bridges George... Turkey River was just demolished and replaced with a new bridge, while Gilliece was collapsed by an overweight truck.

...Both acts of stupidity!

Gilliece Bridge
Posted June 19, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Robert,i did look on both the bridgehunter site and on the site that Nathan referenced and didn't see nothing about a truck demolishing the bridge you cited,just that it was demolished for no good reason which totally stinks.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted June 18, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the update. I have been following the story as much as possible.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted June 17, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As of last week the parts were still at the bridge awaiting some decision, according to Lee.

We still want them to do something or well take them. Such a waste but .... where there is a will there is a way.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted June 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Gilliece Bridge
Posted June 17, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Does anybody know the latest news on the Gilliece Bridge? I'm going to be in the area next week and may visit the site -- if there's anything left to see.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted June 17, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Robert,so you're saying there is a truss bridge over Turkey River that got demolished?If so,is it on Bridgehunters?

Gilliece Bridge
Posted June 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can understand the confusion, especially if someone was not familiar with the area. There are/were multiple Bowstring bridges in this area. This one crossed the Upper Iowa River, but another one crossed the Turkey River. The Turkey River Bowstring was demolished.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted June 16, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Luke,this has to be the bridge i was talking about.The only part of the story about this bridge was the wrong river was printed in the article.Should have been the Upper Iowa River,not the Turkey River like they printed.Just goes to show even the media sometimes get it wrong.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 22, 2017, by John

Any update on the bridge?

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 9, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Anonymous,that is what i'm talking about!It won't ruin the bridge at all if you put one on each side where dumb truckers can't drive around them and you won't have no repairs from these stupid accidents.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 9, 2017, by Don Morrison

Just a note that Nathan has video of crossing the bridge in the good old days. Not so long ago...

http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=io...

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 8, 2017, by Anonymous

Headache Bar - Low Clearance Barrier

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 8, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It has everything to do with politics. Local politics. We'll see if it can slow down bio calling of the State shpo office to consider pulling it out utilizing back steel as well as Brennan construction who will start the removal tomorrow for $4,000 a day not just $4,000 which they made it sound like at the supervisors meeting.

We will see. Their concern is river traffic and potential rising water. I understand, but the. Reward could get here. I don't know if I'm enough but I am here.

Money, the gang could get here.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 8, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Art.Just an idea that i thought might work.I do remember seeing what everybody calls a "headache bar" on Bridgehunters.Don't remember which bridge,though.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 8, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So it was GPS. It took me on level b roads and there was no signage that there was the 2 ton bridge as well as the historic bridge on the road. Looks like he came down the hill and went over the bridge. I think, imho that the mid weigh of the trucks axles spinning on the expansion joint pushed the shoes back into the river and left him hanging right there.

It appears to be in better shape than our bridge back in the day. I've posted images. Broken at the splice plates, vertical posts got bent at threaded rod, some bending at the shoes, The eye bars are under the planks. Sure that most of the diagonal and lateral rod is hosed but hell..... Even the planks look good.

The supervisors are meeting this morning. I shall be there with a proposal that gets the gang here to pull it out and then get quotes on the restoration and rehabilitation.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 7, 2017, by Don Morrison

I said that this was not an accident because the driver made the decision to take a chance and continue across with his loaded vehicle. I assume he thought he could make it, and apparently almost did make it.

I would have never tried it. A heavy passenger vehicle like a suburban has a curb weight approaching 3 tons, and that's the maximum that the signage on the bridge allowed for.

A bad gamble, a stupid choice, but not an accident.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 7, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am not sure anyone did this on purpose. But again there does not need to be intent for their to be guilt in this sort of matter. The truck driver and the company they represent is at fault and should be forced to pay.

Although I admit I had these same kinds of thoughts about intent years ago with this bridge:

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2007/12/08/PennDOT-tr...

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 7, 2017, by Bob Hobbs (bhobbs67 [at] comcast [dot] net)

Oh good grief, better call Homeland Security!

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, good luck. I look forward to seeing your updates. This was a tragedy, but hopefully something good can come out of it. We all appreciate the great work that you do. Just let us know how we can assist you.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 7, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Expensive load. Not yet but will be tonight.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I had not considered intent. It just seems that some folks don't understand how to convert pounds to tons or how to interpret weight limit signs (ie when weight limits are based on the number of axles).

Are you on scene?

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 7, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Anybody considered that it was intentional? Just saying, that bridge, our bridge, was in the way.

Yes, we are on it, to ask hard questions and try like hell to save what can be saved with as little more destruction to on as possible. But it is twisted and broken.

We know how to do it if it can be done.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As for the future of this bridge, I sure hope that it can be salvaged. I know Julie sure has experience with getting a Bowstring out of the river.

I just wish that we could prevent such collapses in the first place. It is always easier to deal with a bridge before it goes in the river.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, I agree. Political affiliation has nothing to do with this. That's what I was trying to say in my first comment.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 7, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well put Art! It has nothing to do with politics!!

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Regarding the bridge:

My biggest concern is ensuring that damage to the bridge is minimized.

The Maple Rapids Road bridge was pulled from the river while I was. In the hospital so I was unavailable to be involved - the methods used destroyed the possibility of rehabilitating bridge.

Is anyone ensuring this one will be removed correctly so that it may be preserved?

Regards,

Art S.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

To all discussing politics:

What does a moron taking the wrong route, coming upon an old bridge clearly not designed to handle his truck, but deciding to 'go for it' because he lacked the skill to back out have to do with party affiliation, gender choice or the political decisions of this and prior governments?

Also, if you are going to make a political statement, have the balls to post your name and email. Otherwise you are a coward.

Sincerely,

Art S.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

George,

Unfortunately, no it won't. In my opinion, the Indiana bridge collapsed because the truck hit the portal bracing.

Regards,

Art S.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by Don Morrison

What a shame.

Canoed under the bridge many times. Glad I wasn't on the water yesterday.

I agree that this was no accident. I cant imagine what the driver was thinking about that he couldn't see the wildly unsafe condition that existed in trying to drive such a truck over a bridge with a 3 ton rating.

I drive my Yukon cautiously over these old bridges.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by Steven Wright (rlhsjh [at] acrec [dot] com)

This was no accident,it was a act of stupidity and ignorance,Throw the book at the driver his job be damned.

This kind of stuff happen all the time in the county,This guy just got his Truck caught.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Honestly, I don't think that either side is going to win this debate. I would rather see donkeys and elephants working together to maintain our infrastructure in the United States.

Using Federal money for repair instead of just for replacement would be a good start. Obviously, a bowstring bridge is not going to carry an 18-wheeler, but many of our post-World War II bridges, including truss bridges, can be maintained for continued use. Even 1870s and 1880s bridges can continue to carry light vehicular traffic if maintained properly. To use a popular sewing analogy, a stich in time saves nine.

Of course, sometimes a bridge has to be replaced. One nice thing about truss bridges is that they can be disassembled and reassembled with ease. Not only can this process be cost-effective, it can also be green. Placing a historic bridge on a hiking trail is a form of recycling.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by Matt Lohry

I never said that they don't--just go whine about it on Facebook, not here. That's my point.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by Anonymous

While I agree we shouldn't discuss politics on here, I have to point out that Republicans have in fact blamed Obama for every major and minor thing for the past 8 years. e.g. The 2012 drought (And I wish I were being hyperbolic on that one.) and "the death of Western Civilization as we know it." on account of letting LGBTQ people marry/universal healthcare/etc.

Disingenuous to claim otherwise.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by Matt Lohry

Again, Robert, very well said. There is no excuse for complete lack of common sense, and responsibility certainly does not fall to any political entities; stupid is just that--stupid. Blaming Trump for everything that goes wrong just because you don't like him is just ridiculous. If we all did that, we'd be nailing Obama for every stupid thing that lack of common sense caused over the last eight years, but we did not do that. I'm honestly weary of listening to the political crap, coming from EITHER side, and I sure don't want to see it on this site! No, I'm not the webmaster, but this is the one place that I should be able to come to and not have to put up with it. That's what Facebook is for, and that's why I do not use that site or contribute to its cause. I come here for bridges and fellow bridgehunters, and that's it.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have a question and i said it before.Since morons who drive tractor trailers can't read weight limit signs,why not put height restrictive bars before the bridges?Most rigs have a height limit from 13 TO 14 ft.Drop the limit to 10 ft.That'll fix their asses!

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have a question and i said it before.Since morons who drive tractor trailers can't read weight limit signs,why not put height restrictive bars before the bridges?Most rigs have a height limit from 13 TO 14 ft.Drop the limit to 10 ft.That'll fix their asses!

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Ignorance and lack of common sense will always point blame elsewhere... "My GPS made me do it!"

T. Baslee photo

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Posted May 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I strongly recommend reading Jason's write-up. He provides some great details and discussions. He also includes some good links as well.

This is a very well written article.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I cannot blame President Trump for this. I can guarantee that the driver graduated High School long before President Trump was elected.

Likewise, I do not blame President Obama either. The responsibility for this accident lies with the driver. Whoever happened to be Secretary of Education at any given time is irrelevant.

It does not take a PhD in math, physics or engineering to realize that a 30 ton load will not make it across a 3 ton bridge. Anyone, whether long ears or hose nose, should be able to figure this out.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2017/05/06/grain-truck... More on the collapse of the Gilliece Bridge in Iowa

In my humble opinion, no trucker should be allowed on the highway without proper education. This includes math, vehicle safety and laws, psychology, first aid and even technology classes (including how to read GPS). This incident again reinforces the lack of education and training needed to handle a semi-truck, let alone driving period. If you want to defer someone, then not just the trucking company, but also Betsy DeVos and Elisabeth Chao because neither have a clue about educating our younger generations and Trump put them there to become puppets of his political machine.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Ignorance of the law is NEVER an excuse, and this includes ignorance due to improper use of GPS Tools. If I am pulled over for speeding the officer will NOT make an exception because I didn't see the speed limit sign or because my car's speedometer is not functioning. Obedience of the laws of the road is the RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DRIVER NO EXCEPTIONS. If you don't agree with that then please use public transit. And don't drive a truck and put our bridges and the lives of others at risk. What if someone had been fishing or kayaking under this bridge?

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Apparently the GPS unit sent the out-of-town truck driver down this road.

http://www.wxow.com/story/35354934/2017/05/05/large-truck-ca...

Truck Driving 101:

When faced with a restricted bridge or other obstacle, stop the truck and contact the sheriff's office for assistance. They can stop traffic while you slowly and carefully back out.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Somehow, this lightweight Bowstring bridge carried traffic for over 140 years. Okay, I know there are much older bridges in Europe, but the county sure got its money's worth out of this bridge.

The collapse of this bridge is especially tragic given the fact that it was marked for preservation. Of course, the same thing could be said for the Turkey River Bowstring Bridge also in Winneshiek County. But, if anybody can fix this it would be Julie, Nels, and the Gang.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 5, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

You break it, you buy it. Clearly the monetary penalties for doing this sort of damage are not enough to deter this sort of carelessness.

If someone drove a truck through an historic cemetery no one would brush it off as "The stones were old and needed to be replaced".

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As much as I hated to do it, I have updated this listing. Hopefully it is salvageable for restoration.

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Posted May 5, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Based on review of the newspaper photos, the following company is responsible for the destruction of this cast and wrought iron, nationally significant historic bridge that was previously slated for preservation by Workin' Bridges:

Sinclair Milling Inc. Parkersburg, Iowa (USDOT 2812912)

This company recently completed a skyscraper-sized concrete feed mill. They can afford to pay for the non-destructive removal and full restoration of this bridge. And they should pay.

Also, the driver responsible needs to face jail time. Precedent for jail time for this offense is set through the sentencing of the idiot who drove a truck over the Gospel Street Bridge in Indiana.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 5, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

5X the posted limit... Ridiculous!

I just hope there is some insurance money to help with the cause!

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The good news...once Julie is on scene, bridges get fixed. She always finds a way! Now, what can we bridgehunters do to help?

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, shucks. Hopefully Nels can work his magic with this one...

On a complete side note, sometimes I am glad that my homestate of Kansas rips out the wooden decks of iron bridges, transfers them to private owners, and lets them rust in peace on private property before their eventual collapse by flood or falling tree. At least this means that nobody is going to drive a big commercial vehicle over them in the meantime...

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 5, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 5, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Destroyed by a grain semi. Stupid jerk drivers that was our bridge too. We were going to keep it there. Aaaargh

Gilliece Bridge
Posted February 17, 2017, by Julie Bowers (Jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is available for reuse. It has not come off river yet but give me a call if you have a desire for this restored bridge.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted February 17, 2017, by Heather (hnweers62 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Is this bridge still for sale?

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 15, 2016, by Julie Bowerswe have (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We have an option to own it. Have suggested it to lake darling but no word.

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Posted May 14, 2016, by Don Morrison

Disappointingly, Sunny Brae Golf & Country Club chose to install a MOB, or so I'm told.

Julie will find a home for this bridge. (Hopefully in North Iowa)

Gilliece Bridge
Posted May 13, 2016, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Anyone know the future plans for this bridge? It was supposed to be replaced four years ago, but remains intact and still in use. Visited the old gal earlier in the week and she's still looking good.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted December 26, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

from my camera....

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Posted December 18, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Daleys Bridge - today....bridge spotting in the snow.

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Posted December 13, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerzon1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Formally hired by the board of directors at Sunny Brae Golf Course to start the process for purchase of this bridge and the request to move to NRHP. IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME. But this time we have some time to prepare. Nels Raynor will be doing the structural analysis and scope of work and another engineer I Iowa Marv Houg will address how we get those golf carts across.....Not to worry, they say asking to photograph and visit the bridge will be fine, we are Iowans after all.

It won't happen til 2014 for the schedule of removal from the river to happen. And maybe there will be other offers. Perseverance will provide those answers.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted December 8, 2012, by Don Morrison

Great!

I've canoed under the Gilliece Bridge many times, and portaged around the Sunny Brae pontoon bridge quite a few times as well. I can see the need for new approaches and abutments, since the bowstring will have to be raised a few feet above where the pontoon bridge moorings are.

I look forward to seeing the Gilliece Bridge in place at Sunny Brae. It will be a nice addition to the scenic golf course.

How about a Workin' Bridges golf outing? ;^D

Gilliece Bridge
Posted December 7, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerzon1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Still waiting for the board at Sunny Brae to check our references. Then the county has to market the bridge. We intend to put in a letter of intent. Iowa has a programmatic agreement regarding bowstrings that must be followed.

We feel that our technical expertise and the fact that the pontoon bridge has been recommended to not be an obstacle in the river, that Sunny Brae will likely be the next location for this span. Lot of work between now and Fall 2014 to make this happen. New abutments, approaches will have to be designed and built, the span needs work too.

We are on it.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted December 7, 2012, by Don Morrison

So what's the scoop? Is this bridge going to replace the seasonal pontoon bridge at Sunny Brae GCC, or not?

Gilliece Bridge
Posted July 20, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

anybody want this bridge? going, going, going to parts. And before you all hate me, we have tried to find another location or/interested party for this bridge. The county will only fund the take off, not the dismantle and it won't fit on our site. It does, however, have parts that we need, and rather than see two bridges, bowstrings no-less, go when we can build one good one that was our inclination. For the McIntyre Bowstring there would have to be some refabrication but we should be able to utilize eye-bars, floor beams and all of the lateral and diagonal bracing with some modifications.

Give me your ideas on this topic or find another buyer. We would be happy to give someone an estimate as to cost for the full project. The sooner the better so it might have some hope of staying on the National Register for the new owner.

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Posted June 20, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Section 106 process precludes the ability to keep the Gilliece Bowstring Bridge on the Historic Register because we don't have the time or knowledge of where it might be moved in order to appease the SHPO or Keeper of the National Register. Therefore, our interested party status, is not in the re-use of this bridge. It is doomed. The cost of putting it at Millgrove Access would be prohibitive because of new piers at $60,000 plus the repairs to the bridge, disassembly, reassembly, etc. We would however like the parts that we can use to help cobble together the repairs of our bowstring. This would include the verticle posts of star iron, the lateral and diagonal bracing, some of the stringers and floorbeams and the planks.

I am very sorry to have to come to this conclusion. Any ideas are welcome but I am sending in our conclusions this week to IaDOT.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted March 21, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Even Better; Workin' Bridges has been asked to be a consulting partner in the Section 106 process for this bowstring. Randy Faber of IaDOT historic bridges was adamant that we be asked and they are in the archaeology phase for this bridge. Should be another learning experience for us and I look forward to it.

the bridge keeps getting banged up by too tall vehicles, but in this case there really isn't another viable route. Advocating keeping it in place and building new downstream, moving to another location for reuse, but never just scrapping as they did with the Turkey and Upper Bluffton.

Daleys Bridge
Posted April 25, 2011, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Gilliece Bridge. Would you like to buy it. We have the right to pick this bridge when the county replaces it within a year. It should be a fun one to figure out the new USe for.

Gilliece Bridge
Posted December 26, 2005, by Jim Gilliece (jimmygill [at] msn [dot] com)

hah! what do I think of this!!

A bridge with the same name (exact spelling and all) as mine.