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Riverview Hotel Trail Bridge

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Riverview Hotel Trail Bridge

Plaque giving history of rail line

Photo taken by John Marvig in December 2014

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BH Photo #311686

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Overview
Pony truss bridge over Big Sioux River on Bike Path
Location
Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built Ca. 1888, Rehabilitated 2013
Railroads
- Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway (BCRN)
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa Falls & Northern Railway (CRIF&N)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Howe pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 215.0 ft.
Also called
RI - Big Sioux River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.54759, -96.72481   (decimal degrees)
43°32'51" N, 96°43'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/683794/4824141 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sioux Falls East
Inventory number
BH 53091 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 2, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • February 18, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: Added Information as bridge has been spared!
  • January 24, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected bridge type to Howe
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Doomed
  • August 8, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

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Comments 

RI Big Sioux River Bridge
Posted February 18, 2014, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)
RI Big Sioux River Bridge
Posted February 27, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

What I have heard back from the contractor of a local hotel

"The hotel patio design has been incorporated into the River Greenway improvements. The railroad bridge ends just prior to the hotel property line. A public sidewalk wraps around the hotel patio and connects to the bike path on the east side of the property."

Picture of the proposed development below. It sure looks like the bridge was saved...

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=574606132568063&set=a...

Rock Island Big Sioux River Bridge
Posted January 7, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Still there as of late August 2012. (google earth proves this)

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

Still planned to be removed though

Rock Island Big Sioux River Bridge
Posted August 9, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

+1 on the documenting the parking lot bridge. It might not be the prettiest of structures, but a parking garage built like a bridge certainly is notable, regardless of what anon-boy thinks.

Rock Island Big Sioux River Bridge
Posted August 9, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I'm almost sure the parking ramp is gone. But if it is still there, document it! It certainly is noteworthy!

Rock Island Big Sioux River Bridge
Posted August 9, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It was not shown as a railroad in 1962, so. It hasn't been used in a long time.

A bit far for me to do as a day trip but some photos seem called for.

I wonder if we should document the parking structure that crosses the river since it is going to be removed.

Rock Island Big Sioux River Bridge
Posted August 9, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

It was probably an old spur.

I don't see a legitimate reason to tear it down. It's not as low as some other bridges, and if you are worried about height, just raise it!

If it is still standing, maybe someone should try to save it. I doubt the city would listen, but it is worth a shot.

Rock Island Big Sioux River Bridge
Posted August 9, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I'm not sure if it is too late for this bridge, but maybe someone or a group of people could work together with the city to come up with a more reasonable, economic and ideal solution.