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McCaffrey Bridge



Photo taken October 2005 by Jason Smith

BH Photo #101893


Two-span through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on 244th Avenue, east of Bluffton
Bluffton, Winneshiek County, Iowa
Open to one-lane traffic
Built 1924
Two riveted, 6-panel Pratt through truss spans
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 248.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.41023, -91.89090   (decimal degrees)
43°24'37" N, 91°53'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/589797/4806969 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 99 N., R. 9 W., Sec. 10 (Bluffton Twp.)
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IA 348840 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14711 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 28.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 18, 2017: Added photos from James Baughn
  • October 11, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Added category "A-frame portal"
  • January 30, 2011: New photos from Benjamin Cole
  • October 9, 2010: New photos from Ruth Reynolds
  • September 30, 2009: Updated by Jason Smith: Added alternative name McCaffrey Bridge
  • December 19, 2005: Posted photos from Jason Smith


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McCaffrey Bridge
Posted June 17, 2020, by Troy Knox (troyjknox [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I have lived near this bridge most of my life and I have never heard it referred to as McCaffrey bridge. It has always been referred to by locals as the Twin Bridges.

244th Avenue Bridge
Posted November 21, 2009, by Harold Scudder (hlscudder [at] cablespeed [dot] co)

I like the setting of this bridge. This cliffs are a plus for the viewer.