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Hayes Street Bridge


Hayes Street Bridge

View from the east looking west.

Photo taken by Dave King; Taken July 8, 2013


BH Photo #259318


Street View 


Pony truss bridge over Otter Creek on Hayes Street in Hazleton
Hazleton, Buchanan County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1925
- Inland Steel Co. of East Chicago, Indiana (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)
Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 89.9 ft.
Total length: 94.2 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.61738, -91.91218   (decimal degrees)
42°37'03" N, 91°54'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/589215/4718899 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
IA 6030 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 12936 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 5.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 27, 2020: Updated by Josh Schmid: NBI indicates bridge was replaced in 2015
  • February 21, 2014: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • September 1, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Clarified Role Inland Played In Bridge Construction
  • July 9, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Technically doomed
  • July 9, 2013: New photos from Dave King
  • July 2, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King


  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Nathan Holth
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Josh Schmid


Hayes Street Bridge
Posted September 1, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I third that motion!

Hayes Street Bridge
Posted September 1, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I agree 110% with Julie on this one. Some of these bridges have listings that to people casually visiting the website who are not bridge experts, make it look like Cambria Steel or Carnegie Steel, etc were the bridge builders which is untrue.

Perhaps people don't know this, but when you add a builder to a bridge listing, you can put additional details in parenthesis and these will not be included as part of the builder name. See this page for examples: http://bridgehunter.com/ca/san-francisco/golden-gate/

Perhaps when contributors are adding an iron/steel manufacturer to a bridge listing, they could put (Iron/Steel Manufacturer) after the name. Also, note that often iron/steel from multiple companies was used on a single bridge. Further, many iron/steel pieces lack brands, so it can often be impossible to tell whether a bridge was exclusively built using iron/steel from only a single company.

Hayes Street Bridge
Posted September 1, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Could we have a separate field for the steel companies. I wouldn't call them the fabricators. They make parts. They don't put the parts together I don't believe.

It is misleading to put them in the Builder field.

Webmaster oh webmaster, I may be wrong again but in this instance I need to know a buider is a builder and a steel company is a manufacturer.

Hayes Street Bridge
Posted August 25, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Let's test a system for moved bridges. The plan is that this move to a location about two miles away that is currently a timber trestle with weight and size restrictions. This bridge will be lifted and moved by the county to that location. We are giving a Workin' Bridges estimate for the repair which would then be put out to bid in the county. Or they can choose to go another route. This is a great educational bridge for the craftsman. Will utilize welding and hot riveting, mayeven be some heat straightening. I know what my photographs show, we'll see what Nels says. The bridge will not be available for gigantic farm equipment on the gravel road still and that may also be addressed somehow with alternative routes and posted loadings (what about widening?) but for use as general travel in an essentially Amish community where horses are still utilized and the County goes to great lengths to make that travel safe with wide graded shoulders. They seem to think this works better for big ag too so that the load is better distributed. Brian Keierleber (K) is extremely creative and partially responsible for all of the historic bridges in the county.

Hayes Street Bridge
Posted July 26, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Been contacted by Brian K the county engineer to look at this one to give an estimate for repair so he can reuse. He has saved several and is very cleberaboutbuilding new with steel. In fact the short span steel aliance is having him speak at their meeting next week. It seems the steel manufacturers are going up competitively with the concrete folks. Hmmm. And we use steel for restorations and we need th big guys help. Might be a breakthrougj.....

Hayes Street Bridge
Posted July 9, 2013, by Don Morrison

The people of Hazleton might be open to some more preservation.

From http://hazletonia.com/History.htm

"The population of Hazleton is 950, has a mayor/council form of government, two full time employees, and two part time employees. The council has chosen as our town motto "Bridging Two Cultures"...referring to the unique bridge in Fontana Park and the Amish population west of our town."

Hayes Street Bridge
Posted July 9, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hazleton lists the replacement of this bridge as part of their long-range plans.