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UP - 120th Street "Awful Tunnel"

Photo 

Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923

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BH Photo #373246

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over 120th Street on Union Pacific Railroad
Location
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1905; Replaced 1993
Builders
- James Keys of Omaha, Nebraska (Design)
- Kilpatrick Brothers & Collins Contracting Co. of Beatrice, Nebraska (Erection)
Railroad
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Span length: 29.9 ft.
Total length: 29.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.22144, -96.10074   (decimal degrees)
41°13'17" N, 96°06'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/743027/4567393 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ralston
Inventory number
BH 74815 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 23, 2018: Updated by Luke: NBI merge
  • December 18, 2016: Added by Luke

Sources 

  • Luke

Comments 

UP - 120th Street "Awful Tunnel"
Posted August 23, 2018, by Luke

The three of them were really narrow, so as automobiles got bigger, driving through them, especially during traffic, made them "awful", as evidenced by this picture of the one on 84th Street: https://bridgehunter.com/photos/27/35/273580-L.jpg

The nickname was also used in advertising for Mangelsen's.

UP - 120th Street "Awful Tunnel"
Posted August 23, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

OK, I'll bite--Why is it awful?