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BNSF - Big Sioux River Bridge

Photos 

Overview from the city bike trail

Photo taken in Summer 1999 by Jason Smith

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BH Photo #111447

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Crosses Big Sioux River between 6th and 8th streets
Location
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
Status
Replaced by a gross MOB
Railroads
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC)
Design
Deck plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.54976, -96.72469   (decimal degrees)
43°32'59" N, 96°43'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/683797/4824382 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sioux Falls East
Land survey
T. 101 N., R. 51 W., Sec. 16
Elevation
1400 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 36208 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 9, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • October 12, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Added category "Big Sioux River"
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated status
  • August 8, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • August 8, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Located on map
  • February 6, 2008: Added by Jason Smith

Sources 

  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Luke

Comments 

BNSF 8th Street Crossing
Posted June 1, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

It might have been an idea to relocate the truss bridge from this bridge

http://bridgehunter.com/sd/minnehaha/bh36189/

To this location. It would have been a better idea than a MOB

BNSF 8th Street Crossing
Posted August 9, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Jack the plate girder bridge up to increase room for flood waters... demolish and replace with a historic truss bridge... do anything but what was done here.

BNSF 8th Street Crossing
Posted August 9, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

That's a really dumb plan.

BNSF 8th Street Crossing
Posted August 9, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

http://www.siouxfalls.org/~/media/Documents/parks/planning/r...

Note how next to the future pedestrian bridge, there are 3 empty piers. This is where the RI bridge currently is

BNSF 8th Street Crossing
Posted August 9, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I think the Rock Island bridge is on a trail and preserved. The BNSF line is inactive or abandoned and this bridge might be the one you're thinking of:

http://bridgehunter.com/sd/minnehaha/bh36209/

BNSF 8th Street Crossing
Posted August 9, 2012, by John Marvig

I heard somewhere it's because there was lead in the bridge, and it restricted waterflow. Same with the rock island bridge downstream. The RI bridge will be replaced soon, so see it while you can!

BNSF 8th Street Crossing
Posted August 9, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Gross.

BNSF 8th Street Crossing
Posted August 8, 2012, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

This bridge is lost and replaced by a prefab pedestrian bridge. The new bridge is 200 ft long, I guess.

BNSF 8th Street Crossing
Posted August 8, 2012, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

Odds are good that it is gone. Phase 1 of the Downtown River Greenway Project completed June 1 2012.

The diagram on the web page says "New prefabricated 250' x 18' pedestrian bridge", "New bridge abutment" and "Remove existing abutments" among many other things. I think I got those measurements correct. They're hard to read.

Check it out for yourself:

http://www.siouxfalls.org/parks/park-planning/Projects/green...

BNSF 8th Street Crossing
Posted August 8, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Can anyone confirm that this is lost?

BNSF 8th Street Crossing
Posted June 29, 2011, by Anonymous

Sadly this bridge was destroyed last winter