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Iowa River E Avenue Bridge


The south approach

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2007

BH Photo #109890


Through truss bridge over Iowa River on E Avenue
Tama County, Iowa
Closed due to severe erosion causing abutment failure.
Built 1938
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa
Riveted, 8-panel Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 160.1 ft.
Total length: 331.1 ft.
Deck width: 18.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.98677, -92.70035   (decimal degrees)
41°59'12" N, 92°42'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/524821/4648350 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 83 N., R. 16 W., Sec. 22
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
IA 318400 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14471 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2014)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 27, 2015: Updated by Kevin Skow: Updated status based on satellite imagery; bridge is closed
  • March 24, 2015: Updated by Dave King: Added category "A-frame portal"
  • July 6, 2012: New photos from Quinn Phelan
  • February 22, 2009: New photo from Ray Kasal
  • January 26, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning

Related Bridges 


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Ray Kasal - raykasal [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Quinn Phelan - qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Kevin Skow - weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com


Iowa River E Avenue Bridge
Posted June 13, 2019, by Abandoned Iowa (Nicholsonms1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Attached you will find photos of the bridge and the significant erosion of the portal. Too bad its been undercut by flood waters- wonderful bridge.

Iowa River E Avenue Bridge
Posted June 13, 2015, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looking closer at satellite imagery, it appears like there has been severe erosion on the SW bank of the river around this bridge, with the river channel now cutting into the SW abutment. This is likely the reason for the bridge being closed.

Iowa River Bridge
Posted September 9, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

After dining at Rube's Steakhouse in Montour, I found a picture on the wall of the bowstring over thr Upper Iowa. It was gone but the man said it was replaced by this bridge. My friend Mike and I went bridgehunting....