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Shell Rock Bridge


Side view

Photo taken Summer 1999 by Jason Smith

BH Photo #101708


Street View 


Three-span arch bridge over Shell Rock River on Cherry Street in Shell Rock
Shell Rock, Butler County, Iowa
Reopened to traffic as of December 2011
Built 1915; rehabilitated for 7 months in 2011
- Bement-Witt Lumber Co. of Shell Rock, Iowa
- Miller-Hey Construction Co. of Des Moines, Iowa (Formerly of Waterloo)
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 87.9 ft.
Total length: 266.1 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 12, 1999
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.71144, -92.58221   (decimal degrees)
42°42'41" N, 92°34'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/534212/4728856 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shell Rock
Land survey
T. 91 N., R. 15 W., Sec. 11 (Shell Rock Township)
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 99000307 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
IA 10280 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 12980 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 87.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 28, 2014: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • April 3, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Added information on the bridge- bridge is now open to traffic
  • July 6, 2011: Updated by Jason Smith: Bridge is undergoing extensive renovation and is currently closed to all traffic
  • August 2, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • December 19, 2005: Posted photos from Jason Smith


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Shell Rock Bridge Rehabilitation Program - A detailed description of the renovation project on this bridge
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net