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Brownville Bridge


Photo taken by Daniel Barnes in April 2013


BH Photo #340560

Street Views 


Through truss bridge over the Missouri River on US 136 in Brownville
Brownville, Nemaha County, Nebraska, and Atchison County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Future prospects
To be reopened when approach road rebuilt
Built 1939; rehabilitated 1990
- Ash, Howard, Needles, & Tammen of Kansas City, Missouri (Engineer)
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Superstructure)
- C.F. Lytle Co. of Sioux City, Iowa (Substructure)
- C.W. Atkinson Paving Co. of Saint Joseph, Missouri (Approaches)
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 419.8 ft.
Total length: 1,903.3 ft.
Deck width: 22.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 17, 1993
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.39926, -95.65171   (decimal degrees)
40°23'57" N, 95°39'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/274961/4475449 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 65 N., R. 42 W., Sec. 33
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
MoDOT L-98 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
NRHP 93000536 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 24307 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 6, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 24, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 24, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 28, 2019: Updated by Roger Deschner: Bridge closed, due to flood-damaged approach road
  • February 22, 2017: New photo from Daniel Barnes
  • October 25, 2015: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • September 30, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Engineer/Designer.
  • September 18, 2010: New photos from Eric Kinkhorst
  • April 20, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • April 28, 2009: Updated by David Backlin: Scheduled for Renovation/ Repairs 2009



Brownville Bridge
Posted July 28, 2019, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Temporarily closed due to flood damage to US-136 on Missouri side in 2019 Missouri River flood. No mention of damage to the bridge itself, so it's probably OK. A local I talked to, who was using a flooded road as a makeshift boat ramp, said that US-136 on the Missouri side was "all tore up". Closest bypasses are US-34 or US-36.

This photo is from the Nebraska side.