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IA394 Skunk River Bridge


Skunk River Bridge - Winter 2009

After a week of warm weather and melting, the swollen river tossed these slabs of broken up ice onto the bank.

Photo taken by Quinn Phelan in January 2009


BH Photo #131122

Street View 


Ice breakup on the skunk river near Augusta, Iowa

Ice breakup as seen from the old bridge in February 2011.

Construction equipment and piers for the new bridge can be seen in the video.

US Geological Survey

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Lost through truss bridge over Skunk River on IA 394 (Augusta Main Road)
Des Moines County, Iowa, and Lee County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1934, replaced in 2011
- A. Olson Construction Co. of Waterloo, Iowa
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa (Design)
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 162.1 ft.
Total length: 565.3 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.75329, -91.27575   (decimal degrees)
40°45'12" N, 91°16'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/645554/4512800 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 69 N., R. 4 W., Sec. 25
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
IA 23610 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13400 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 9, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • May 7, 2013: New video from Don Morrison
  • January 11, 2013: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • November 27, 2011: New photos from Quinn Phelan
  • September 4, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
  • January 1, 2009: New photos from Quinn Phelan


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Skunk River Bridge
Posted February 24, 2009, by Quinn Phelan (qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net)

I just figured it out... The reason only half of this bridge is painted, and the other half is rusting away, is because The middle of the river is the county line. Des Moines County seems to be taking better care of their half of the bridge than Lee County.

Skunk River Bridge
Posted October 6, 2007, by Ken Martin (kmartin537 [at] surewest [dot] net)

Visited Sep. '07. If correct bridge the town of Augusta is on the north end of bridge.