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Brush Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Daniel Barnes in March 2017


BH Photo #383456



Built out of a former railroad span, reused for roadway use. Roadway has been closed and the crossing just south of this bridge removed.


Double intersection warren Pony truss bridge over Brush Creek on 110th Avenue
Lucas County, Iowa
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built ca. 1900; Closed 2020
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Double-intersection Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 42.0 ft.
Total length: 76.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.01595, -93.53768   (decimal degrees)
41°00'57" N, 93°32'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/454790/4540667 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 72 N., R. 23 W., Sec. 20
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
IA 226590 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13884 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2009)
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: 21.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 3, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: noted closure
  • March 17, 2017: New photos from Daniel Barnes


  • Daniel Barnes
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


Brush Creek Bridge
Posted February 27, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this one today. Found it barricaded and the road closed at the railroad crossing, which was removed. Underneath appears to have clear evidence of railroad origins. I ran into a gentleman who works for the county road department further east who knew of the bridge, and mentioned it had been there his whole life and it may be demolished soon.

Brush Creek Bridge
Posted August 5, 2019, by Luke

Fits the profile of other late-1800s rail-to-road structures you and I have found. (John moreso than I, FWIW. I'll find a picture and within a month John will have the original location.)

Brush Creek Bridge
Posted August 5, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm not sure exactly what to make of this...a 1967 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy track profile seems to indicate that this is a railroad maintained structure, built adjacent to a grade crossing (labeled G). In addition, the structure was there in the late 1930s:


This would lead me to believe this is possibly a former railroad structure, and more research will be conducted. Also, I don't think I've seen a span like this where a vertical member is omitted between panels.