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Meridian Highway Culvert


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Located along the Meridian Highway are 11 concrete culverts with markers. The concrete pipe and box culverts were constructed in 1920 during improvements to the highway. Concrete wing walls flank each side of the culverts and a 4-foot-high concrete marker shaped in the form of an obelisk rises up to mark each side of the roadbed. Eight culverts measure 24 feet wide. Three culverts located at road intersections measure 39 feet wide to accommodate the extra space necessary to turn from one road onto another. The culverts and attached markers are in varying degrees of integrity. In some cases the markers are fully intact, some have been damaged and are broken, while others have been broken off of the culverts completely. The concrete markers display remnants of white and silver paint. In May 1915, the Pierce Auto Club requested the county commissioners to place white posts on culverts on the Meridian Highway within a 10-mile-radius of Pierce. The purpose of the markers was to alert drivers to the presence of the culverts and prevent accidents. These white posts were predecessors to the 11 extant culverts and markers. The extant concrete culverts and markers date from 1920 when the Norfolk Bridge & Construction Company received the contract for the culverts on the Meridian Highway. Historically, state law required that culverts measuring 24 feet or less be marked at each end with a white post. By 1931, culvert lengths had increased from 24 to 28 feet, and the state highway department eliminated the marker posts on state-owned roads. [From Meridian Highway NRHP Form]


Concrete culvert bridge over Small stream on 552nd Avenue
Pierce County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
A part of the historic Meridian Highway
Concrete culvert
Listed as a contributing resource to a designated historic district on the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.17759, -97.48483   (decimal degrees)
42°10'39" N, 97°29'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/625135/4670605 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wee Town
Inventory number
BH 59807 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Culvert (1,239)
Meridian Highway (2)
NR-contributing (127)
Nebraska (1,593)
Open (38,217)
Pierce County, Nebraska (29)

Update Log 

  • February 19, 2014: Added by Dave King