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Brushy Creek Bridge


Photos taken in August 2014

Photo taken by Kevin Skow


BH Photo #295203


Through truss bridge over Brushy Creek on Kopeck Avenue
Guthrie County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1976
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 120.1 ft.
Total length: 184.1 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.74382, -94.53658   (decimal degrees)
41°44'38" N, 94°32'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/372233/4622474 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Guthrie Center West
Land survey
T. 80 N., R. 32 W., Sec. 14
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
IA 169211 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13548 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 50.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 29, 2015: Updated by Dave King: Added categories "7-panel truss", "M-frame portal", "Riveted"
  • September 22, 2014: New photos from Kevin Skow
  • February 9, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is a Pratt through truss bridge


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Kevin Skow - weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com


Brushy Creek Bridge
Posted April 21, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Spot on Nathan... I was thinking about 1925 give or take.

Brushy Creek Bridge
Posted April 21, 2016, by Michael Taylor

So the question is when was this built exactly, and where did it come from originally?

Brushy Creek Bridge
Posted September 23, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Based on style, the bridge is much older than 1976. 1920s or 1930s for example... Iowa continued to build bridges with under 20 foot roadways later than many states. The 1976 date is either an error, or refers to a relocation of this bridge to this location, or a rehabilitation of the bridge.

Brushy Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2014, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

When were rivets last used in truss construction? Could this bridge have been built before 1976?