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Republican State Aid Bridge


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Established by the Nebraska state legislature in 1911, the State Aid Bridge program was designed to assist the counties in construction of major river crossings. In February 1913 the Fumas County commissioners first applied for state aid in building a bridge across the Republican River immediately south of Cambridge. The program was stilll in its formative stages, and the state engineers office delineated no less than six alternate designs incorporating variations of concrete arches, concrete girders and steel trusses. On February 26, 1974, proposals were received at the Furnas County Courthouse from nine bridge firms, five of which were Nebraska-based. Low bidders At $18,999.00, the Lincoln Construction Company was awarded the contract to erect a five-span concrete spandrel arch structure . Despite difficulties caused by heavy spring floods, the Lincoln- based contractor was able to complete construction by late that fall, and in November 1914 the bridge was opened to traffic. The project's total cost, including some additional concrete, reinforcing steel, approach work, and grading, was $22,406.30, of which the state paid half. The bridge was extended in 1939by the additionof a 70-foot pony truss and a 19-foot timber stringer. In 1964 both of these spans were removed and the roadway width of the arches was increased from 20 feet to 28 feet. [From NRHP Form]


Concrete arch bridge over Republican River on NE 47, 1 mi. south of Cambridge
Furnas County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
Built 1914; rehabilitated 1984
- Daniel B. Luten (Engineer)
Length of largest span: 64.0 ft.
Total length: 312.0 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 29, 1992
Also called
Republican River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.27354, -100.16607   (decimal degrees)
40°16'25" N, 100°09'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/400862/4458769 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory number
BH 24064 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 18, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info, description, imported photos
  • April 23, 2013: Updated by Craig Philpott: added engineer