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Lundy Bridge



Despite the patchwork with cheap rubber filling, the bridge has taken a beating by vehicles exceeding the weight limit. This has accelerated the need to replace the bridge altogether.

Photo taken by Jason Smith


BH Photo #213208



Camelback through truss bridge over Middle River on a local road
Warren County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Scheduled for replacement as soon as funding is available
Built ca. 1950
- Carnegie Steel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Metal Manufacturer)
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa (Design)
Riveted Camelback through truss with WV portal bracing
Length of largest span: 157.2 ft.
Total length: 242.1 ft.
Deck width: 18.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.3 ft.
Also called
Middle River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.42426, -93.58723   (decimal degrees)
41°25'27" N, 93°35'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/450931/4586021 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Scotch Ridge
Land survey
T. 77 N., R. 24 W., Sec. 35
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
IA 335350 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14634 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 33.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 13, 2019: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been replaced. Most likely 2016-17
  • October 3, 2014: New photos from Kevin Skow
  • April 25, 2014: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 8, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Kevin Skow - weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com


Lundy Bridge
Posted October 3, 2014, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There are now signs on the land just SW of the bridge indicating that the new Indianola wastewater treatment plant will be built there. Given the poor shape the bridge is in and the increase in traffic with the plant, this bridge likely won't be around for much longer.