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South Omaha Bridge

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South Omaha Bridge

South Omaha Bridge

Photo taken by Brad J Williams in October 2009

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Description 

Historic bridge's main span demolished by implosion February 23, 2010.

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Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Missouri River on US 275/NE 92/IA 92 in Omaha
Location
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, and Pottawattamie County, Iowa
Status
Demolished and replaced
History
Built 1936; rehabilitated 1999; demolished 2010
Builders
- Ash, Howard, Needles, & Tammen of Kansas City, Missouri (Design)
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri (Contractor)
Design
Continuous Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 525.3 ft.
Total length: 4,381.4 ft. (0.8 mi.)
Deck width: 22.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.21092, -95.92604   (decimal degrees)
41°12'39" N, 95°55'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/254687/4566300 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Omaha South
Inventory numbers
IA 43570 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 23992 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2007)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 2.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
6,550

Update Log 

  • August 29, 2014: New photos from Mark Frazier
  • February 17, 2011: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • February 23, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge has been demolished.
  • December 2, 2009: New photos from Brad J Williams
  • June 5, 2009: Updated by Kim Harvey: Future Prospects

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Kim Harvey
  • Brad J Williams - brad [at] bradwilliamsphotography [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Mark Frazier - mfrazier404 [at] gmail [dot] com

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South Omaha Bridge
Posted August 30, 2014, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

http://vimeo.com/10183293 Iowa side demolition (implosion)

http://vimeo.com/9756930 Nebraska Side Demolition (Implosion)

South Omaha Bridge
Posted June 2, 2010, by S.O.B.

Oh no, nothing to do with the condition of the bridge, it always felt very solid. It has everything to do with the narrow lanes on it. The lanes were I think only 10 or 11 feet wide and felt smaller then that when a semi or large SUV would get on the bridge.

That bridge was a white knuckle experience and I hated every crossing on it. I used to go out of my way to avoid it if I had the time, usually taking I-80.

From what I understand the new South Omaha Bridge will eventually be painted Husker red, which will really make her shine. They are currently planting trees and sprucing up the pedestrian trail that crosses it. Unfortunately cleaning up graffiti also...

I didn't notice these before, I love the shots I have of the shadows the girders cast on the bridge, they give you some appreciation for how massive this is (by Omaha standards). It kinda reminds me of my first time crossing the Tappan Zee bridge in terms of sheer awe.

South Omaha Bridge
Posted June 1, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

And if they don't choose to maintain this new bridge.....it will be in the same condition someday.

South Omaha Bridge
Posted June 1, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Blame the agencies who poorly maintained such a bridge, not the bridge itself. This bridge was NOT junk, it was a quality bridge that would have lasted centuries if maintained properly. If it was in bad shape, that is because highway agencies neglected the bridge, wasting materials, tax dollars, and destroying history. At the least it should have been left in place for pedestrian use.

South Omaha Bridge
Posted June 1, 2010, by Anonymous

I guess at least it is a truss!

New bridge is open
Posted June 1, 2010, by S.O.B.

I went over this on opening day, nice smooth drive, it is a million times better then the old one. Sorry to those who like older bridges, but the old bridge was junk. This is like trading in the Kia for the Cadillac.

South Omaha Bridge
Posted February 21, 2010, by Chris Gaul (cgaul73059 [at] msn [dot] com)

Driving over the South Omaha Bridge in 1966 I asked my big brother the purpose of all the beams and triangles. I was 6 at the time. He said they really weren't necessary. Even though he was 10 and generally knew everything it didn't make sense that they'd put up extra parts that weren't necessary. Today I'm a professional engineer. Looking at the underside of the old S. Omaha Bridge today and comparing it to the new span, my brother was wrong. There is not a single pound of extraneous steel in the 1936 span.

South Omaha Bridge
Posted December 3, 2009, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

I agree there. Slapping beams on truss bridge pillars makes one God-awful example of an UCEB. The new South Omaha span is indeed a sight of architectural expertise in action. The new Amelia Earhart bridge is also "expertise", using a steel arch method.

South Omaha Bridge
Posted November 19, 2009, by David Smothers (davidsmothers [at] msn [dot] com)

Beautiful!!! Now why in HELL couldn't the construction site for the new Missouri river bridges at Miami, and Glasgow look like this?

South Omaha Bridge
Posted November 19, 2009, by Brad J. Williams (brad [at] bradwilliamsphotography [dot] com)

Here are 19-20 of 20 photos

South Omaha Bridge
Posted November 19, 2009, by Brad J. Williams (brad [at] bradwilliamsphotography [dot] com)

Here are 13-18 of 20 photos

South Omaha Bridge
Posted November 19, 2009, by Brad J. Williams (brad [at] bradwilliamsphotography [dot] com)

Here are 7-12 of 20 photos

South Omaha Bridge
Posted November 19, 2009, by Brad J Williams (brad [at] bradwilliamsphotography [dot] com)

Here are 1-6 of 20 photos

South Omaha Bridge
Posted September 6, 2009, by Anonymous

Well, I just took what may be my last trip over the old South O Bridge. I went out of my way from downtown to use it on my way to Sams in Council Bluffs. The new bridge is looking absolutely massive, I think it will be a worthy replacement, but to get it we are losing one of my all time favorite bridges.

South Omaha Bridge
Posted September 5, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I recieved this message from an associate of mine today, who lives in the area:

"I personally hate that bridge!!! We have crossed it way too many times and I can't stand driving over it. It makes weird noises and all very much like it will [fall] down. I'm glad they are getting rid of it!"

Okay, so not everyone likes iconic bridges.

South Omaha Bridge
Posted September 5, 2009, by Todd, aka. "bridgebuilder" (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Yes it is sad to see an iconic steel truss go. I did check out a construction video of the new South Omaha Bridge. The new one shows the current trend of steel trusses. It looks to be a large single span channel bridge with ordinary "UCEB" approaches.

South Omaha Bridge
Posted September 5, 2009, by Sad
South Omaha Bridge
Posted June 9, 2009, by Photographer

Yea, that is down below the Nebraska approach. I went to Manden park to take some shots of the main approach but the overgrowth was so bad you couldn't see the river. I couldn't find any other places that spoke to me about the bridge, since I'm not a bridge person really. So sorry, no main span pictures. However, I did get an awesome shot of the Bellevue Toll Bridge! the rest of my day on the river photo shoot don't really apply to this site, unless people wan't pictures of the casino. :o)

South Omaha Bridge
Posted June 5, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have driven over this bridge a few times. The main span is a Cantilever through truss. The bridge has long deck truss approaches which are shown in the pictures. I believe that the pictures below were taken on the Nebraska side of the river.

South Omaha Bridge
Posted June 5, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

That looks like a deck truss rather than a through truss.

South Omaha Bridge
Posted June 4, 2009, by Anonymous

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South Omaha Bridge
Posted November 1, 2008, by Revive755

Work on a replacement bridge is well underway. See http://www.nebraskatransportation.org/projects/s-omaha-vet-m...