2 votes

Urbana Bridge


31st Avenue Trail Bridge

View from the boat ramp

Photo taken by Dave King; Taken August 6, 2013


BH Photo #261975

Street View 


Lost pratt through truss bridge over Cedar River on 31st Avenue Trail
Benton County, Iowa
No longer exists; supports still stand
Built 1878; Two spans lost to ice 1937 & Replaced; Replaced 1969
- Milwaukee Bridge & Iron Works of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Ottumwa Bridge Co. of Ottumwa, Iowa (1937 Spans)
Pratt through truss
Also called
31st Avenue Trail Bridge
Shellsburg-Urbana Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.18934, -91.88173   (decimal degrees)
42°11'22" N, 91°52'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/592337/4671404 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Center Point NW
Inventory number
BH 57367 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 21, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added builder per plaque design cues w/ assistance from Tony Dillon
  • September 14, 2019: Updated by Luke: Refined build date from vauge "1870s" to "1878"
  • September 14, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed typos
  • September 14, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 13, 2019: Updated by Luke: Noted 1937 spans & their builder
  • August 6, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Lally columns"
  • August 6, 2013: New photos from Dave King
  • July 26, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added type & number of spans
  • July 26, 2013: Added by Dave King



Urbana Bridge
Posted September 15, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Luke, as always, you're welcome !

Urbana Bridge
Posted September 15, 2019, by Luke

Also I vote that Melissa make the picture of the bridge the default image.

(Thanks Melissa, as always!)

Urbana Bridge
Posted September 13, 2019, by Luke

Trying to track down a picture, I came across this article


I also believe this article has a picture of the bridge.