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Brushy Creek Bridge


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Lost pony truss bridge over Brushy Creek on Oak Avenue
Guthrie County, Iowa
Built ca. 1910, collapsed April 11, 2014, due to overweight agricultural machinery passing over bridge.
Pinned, Pratt pony truss with 4-panels
Length of largest span: 64.0 ft.
Total length: 113.2 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.71057, -94.47967   (decimal degrees)
41°42'38" N, 94°28'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/376902/4618699 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Guthrie Center East
Land survey
T. 80 N., R. 31 W., Sec. 29
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
IA 169051 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13545 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2016)
Sufficiency rating: 21.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built during 1910s (9,710)
Collapsed (395)
Guthrie County, Iowa (44)
Iowa (6,544)
Lost (25,254)
Lost 2014 (361)
Lost during 2010s (3,309)
One-lane traffic (7,617)
Owned by county (20,937)
Pony truss (16,307)
Pratt pony truss (3,669)
Pratt truss (9,393)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,126)
Structurally deficient (14,047)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,195)
Truss (33,125)
Wooden deck (6,085)

Update Log 

  • April 20, 2014: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • April 20, 2014: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Bridge collapsed 4/11/14


  • Dylan VanAntwerp - dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com
  • WHOTV.com - News story about the bridge collapse
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke


Brushy Creek Bridge
Posted April 24, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There should be weight limit signs for a bridge posted at the closest intersection, which allow a truck driver to become aware of the restriction before going down the road and being unable to reverse. If there isn't such signs, I would suggest contacting the highway agency in charge of the road.

I understand the challenges of working long hours, but nobody should be driving if they are so tired they are not fully aware of what they are doing on the road. Pull over and take a 10 minute power nap... it can go a long way. Its not just about protecting historic bridges, its about protecting the lives of other drivers on the road (and their cars!). The last thing I want is to have someone fall asleep and crash into my car when I am driving.

Brushy Creek Bridge
Posted April 23, 2014, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

True, but I also do custom anhydrous application, too, and I don't like a lot of the comments I've seen about how stupid the operator must have been to go across this bridge. This time of year many coop guys are working insane hours. I've been working 16-17hr days lately, and it's very easy to get burnt out at the end of the night and not really be fully aware of what you are doing on the way back. Plus, many times you might end up on a road you are not well acquainted with as you traverse between various client's fields. The tractors and equipment we tow are so large that if I were to end up confronted with a low weight limit bridge I might be forced to go over it because it may be physically impossible to get turned around.

Brushy Creek Bridge
Posted April 20, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Love the ignorant comments of the AG rep who blames the bridge but says nothing about driving over it with possibly 10 times the posted limit...Classic!

Brushy Creek Bridge
Posted April 20, 2014, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

This bridge collapsed on Friday the 11th, under the weight of a large tractor pulling an anhydrous toolbar and tanks. Bridge was posted for around 3 tons; the complete rig probably weighed around 30...