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Cedar Covered Bridge (2004)



This bridge still remains the only one in the county that is open to vehicular traffic. Only vehicles up to 4 tons are allowed to cross this bridge.

Photo taken by Jason and Birgit Smith in December 2007


BH Photo #111090



Reconstructed covered bridge over Cedar Creek on Cedar Bridge Road
Madison County, Iowa
Destroyed by fire on April 15, 2017
Built 2004; Burned 2017
Covered Town lattice through truss
Length of largest span: 65.9 ft.
Total length: 129.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.36586, -93.99088   (decimal degrees)
41°21'57" N, 93°59'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/417127/4579845 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
WGCB 15-61-03 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 76000786 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
IA 233890 (Iowa bridge number)
WGCB 15-61-03 #2 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 13940 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2009)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 33.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2018: Updated by Bill Bowser: Most of the money for reconstruction has been raised.
  • April 12, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • January 30, 2018: New photos from Kevin Skow
  • January 7, 2018: New photos from Steve Conro
  • April 15, 2017: Updated by Will Truax: Changed status - Lost to arson yet again 15 April 2017
  • March 20, 2016: Updated by Luke: Noted that this is the 2004 reconstructed bridge
  • September 2, 2015: New photo from John Loxton
  • January 27, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added builder from HAER
  • February 22, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • March 25, 2012: New photo from Ray Kasal
  • December 20, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added original builder
  • April 30, 2011: New photos from Will
  • November 26, 2010: New photo from Ruth Reynolds
  • February 27, 2008: New photo from Ruth Reynolds
  • February 4, 2008: New photos from Jason Smith

Related Bridges 


  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Ruth Reynolds - ruthmusic [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Will Truax - Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Ray Kasal - raykasal [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Luke
  • John Loxton
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Kevin Skow - weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Richard Doody
  • Bill Bowser - webowser [at] me [dot] com


Cedar Covered Bridge (2019)
Posted November 19, 2019, by David Mossner (dave [dot] mossner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Cedar Creek Bridge 3.0 It opened in 2019.

Cedar Covered Bridge (2004)
Posted April 22, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Stupidity and ignorance took down another icon! http://www.wtol.com/story/35206285/newscast-captures-alleged...

Cedar Covered Bridge (2004)
Posted April 20, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Cedar Covered Bridge (2004)
Posted April 20, 2017, by Kelly McClanahan

Evidently they have made an arrests on the arson on this bridge.

Cedar Covered Bridge (2004)
Posted April 16, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

This bridge had a sign that said "Notice: This area protected by video surveillance."

However, the Des Moines Register story reported:

"Barnes [county sheriff] says there was no electricity or light source at the bridge and no severe weather or lightning in the area, so the fire will be investigated as arson."


"Barnes said there are no security devices surrounding the bridge."

Cedar Covered Bridge (2004)
Posted April 15, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well, I have next to no experience with Lattice truss bridges considering it's been like 100 years since Indiana had one...

But I still see trusses standing straight despite being charred, So I don't see a Destroyed bridge here! Heavily damaged yes, but not destroyed. Considering there is a new bridge nearby to handle traffic, do a light blast job on it and reroof and side it!

A roof and siding do not make a bridge... They simply protect the structure from the elements.

Cedar Covered Bridge (2004)
Posted April 15, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Cedar Covered Bridge (2004)
Posted April 15, 2017, by Brian Manville

This bridge is beautiful!! I love the look of it. Sadly, it looks like fire claimed it.

Cedar Covered Bridge
Posted June 20, 2009, by Wes Kinsler (wkinsler [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

That's actually rather interesting to see a wooden bridge built on lally columns like a contemporary iron bridge would have been.