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Drive 788 Bridge


Overview (Looking North)

Photo taken by James McCray


BH Photo #237512


Steel stringer bridge over an unnamed creek on Drive 788
Custer County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
Steel stringer
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.25581, -99.35577   (decimal degrees)
41°15'21" N, 99°21'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/470195/4567216 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ansley SE
Inventory number
BH 53161 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (16,885)
Custer County, Nebraska (26)
Lattice Railing (338)
Nebraska (1,687)
Open (40,969)
Steel stringer (6,713)

Update Log 

  • August 12, 2012: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com


Drive 788 Bridge
Posted August 14, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The appearance is different but the structure type the same, with this example in Michigan: http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...

Drive 788 Bridge
Posted August 13, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here is another example: http://bridgehunter.com/ks/marshall/irish-creek/

It is listed as being built in 1940. So far, I think it is the only one of its kind that we have discovered outside of Nebraska. Keep in mind that Marshall Co., KS borders Nebraska, so this may indeed be a very localized design.

Drive 788 Bridge
Posted August 13, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I agree that the rivets suggest this. It's a standard I-beam not a built up plate, so it's a pony girder(?) not really a beam.

Unusual but a good design for short, lighhtly loaded spans.

Drive 788 Bridge
Posted August 13, 2012, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looking at the side of the girder in Photo 9, it appears this structure is a girder and floor beam structure. With two girders running parallel to the road and numerous floor beams running perpendicular. One can see the rivets in the bottom half of the girders that likely connect to the perpendicular floor beams.

This is an interesting little structure, can say I have seen anything like this out here in the Wild West.

Drive 788 Bridge
Posted August 13, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

What's it like underneath? Are there the two girders parallel to the road and beams perpendicular, or are there a series of beams, all parallel to the road?

Drive 788 Bridge
Posted August 12, 2012, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Once again I come across this kind of bridge. I have seen only three, including this one, and all in NE. What gives?