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RI - Platte River Bridge

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Rock Island Platte River Bridge

Looking south from the Sarpy County side

Photo taken by Eric Miller in June 2007

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BH Photo #150430

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Platte River on Trail
Location
South Bend, Cass County, Nebraska, and Sarpy County, Nebraska
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built Ca. 1920s and Ca. 1970s
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York (west span)
- Paxton-Vierling Steel Co./Works of Omaha, Nebraska (several welded spans)
Railroad
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
Design
30 x Deck Plate Girder
Dimensions
Total length: 1,880.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Also called
Lied Platte River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.99927, -96.23057   (decimal degrees)
40°59'57" N, 96°13'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/732928/4542371 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Manley
Elevation
1025 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 43707 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 13, 2022: Updated by John Marvig: added builders and information
  • March 17, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 17, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Rail-to-trail", "Railroad"
  • December 4, 2009: Added by Eric Miller

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RI - Platte River Bridge
Posted November 3, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge this previous weekend. No way this one is anywhere near 1889. The south/west span appears to be 1920s, while the rest of the bridge appears to be 1970s welded spans (with Paxton-Vierling Steel Works plaques missing). Several spans also appear to be non-railroad spans, possibly added after the 2019 floods. I doubt this one is worth visiting for most bridge hunters.