Photo taken by James McCray
BH Photo #210773
New Columbus Viaduct
Written by K. A. Erickson
The Columbus Viaduct was constructed in 2009, replacing an earlier stringer bridge originally built in 1930. A Nebraska Department of Roads issued a file on supplemental inspection procedures for this bridge. The description mentions it is a “356'-0” two span bridge over the twelve Union Pacific rail lines. Span one is 260'-0” tied-arch and span two is a span 96'-0” rolled beam steel girder span. The bridges has four lanes on a 50'-0” clear roadway with a 7'-0” wide median. There are 10'-0' wide sidewalks on both sides of the bridge.”
The bridge was constructed by Cramer & Associates, Inc at a cost of $12,941,875.76.
(Roadrunner April/May pg 16)
A ribbon cutting ceremony was to be held on November 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm. Governor Dave Heineman, NDOR Director-State Engineer, Monty Fredrickson, and the mayor of Columbus, Mike Moser were to be in attendance. The road opened at 2:30 pm.
(News – Nebraska Department of Roads – November 24, 2009 Press Release)
- Bridge over Union Pacific Overpass on US 30/81
- Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska
- Open to traffic
- Built 2009
- - Cramer & Associates, Inc. of Grimes, Iowa (Contractor)
- Steel tied-arch
Length of largest span: 260.0 ft.
Total length: 356.0 ft.
Deck width: 50.0 ft.
- Also called
- Union Pacific Railroad Overpass
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +41.42745, -97.36814 (decimal degrees)
41°25'39" N, 97°22'05" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 14/636353/4587494 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory number
- BH 49425 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- June 1, 2012: New photos from Fmiser
- August 27, 2011: Essay added by K. A. Erickson
- August 27, 2011: Added by James McCray
- James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
- K. A. Erickson
- Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com