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Columbus Viaduct


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)

Update Log 

  • 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


Columbus Viaduct
Posted October 18, 2011, by Jim Allen (choochoojim [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here are different views of the US-30 bridge over the Union Pacific railroad.

Union Pacific Railroad Overpass
Posted August 27, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Need more information on this bridge. It must be really brand new since it does not yet appear on the NBI or is it seen on the street view for google.