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US65 Iowa River Bridge

Photos 

Looking West

Photo taken by Quinn Phelan in January 2009

Enlarge

BH Photo #131433

Map 

Street View 

History Link 

National Parks Service Web Site

For a nice history of this bridge, go here...

http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/hardin/ibr.htm

Replacement bridge construction link

Iowa DOT

Here is the Iowa DOT link with construction documents and progress photos...

http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/_repository/2011/structural/...

Facts 

Overview
lost deck arch bridge over the Iowa River in Iowa Falls, Iowa
Location
Iowa Falls, Hardin County, Iowa
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1928; rehabilitated 1967; Replaced 2010
Builder
- Welden Brothers Construction Co. of Iowa Falls, Iowa
Design
Deck arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 234.9 ft.
Total length: 254.9 ft.
Deck width: 62.0 ft.
Also called
Oak Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.51786, -93.26286   (decimal degrees)
42°31'04" N, 93°15'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/478408/4707309 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Iowa Falls West
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
9,300
Inventory numbers
IA 27140 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13578 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2008)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 3, 2018: New photo from David Shedlock
  • March 10, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder & changed information back to the arch bridge.
  • February 19, 2012: Essay added by Quinn Phelan
  • August 22, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: added lost date
  • July 27, 2011: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • December 30, 2009: Updated by David Backlin: Added contractor
  • February 21, 2009: Essay added by Quinn Phelan
  • January 6, 2009: New photos from Quinn Phelan

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Quinn Phelan - qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • David Shedlock

Comments 

Iowa River US 65 Bridge
Posted February 28, 2012, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Had a chance top see the new bridge and all I can say is: IT'S AWFUL!! Why didn't they just renovate the concrete arch bridge and be done with it? What a waste!

Iowa River US 65 Bridge
Posted June 25, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can't believe this - I drove my car over this bridge a few years ago and had no idea what was underneath!

Iowa River US 65 Bridge
Posted June 24, 2009, by Nathan Holth

According to a June 23rd 2009 communication with Iowa Department of Transportation, this bridge is to be demolished and replaced with a steel through arch "soon".