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Cherry Lane Bridge


Photo taken by Adam


BH Photo #301437

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Clearwater River on Cherry Lane
Nez Perce County, Idaho
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement as soon as 2020.
Built 1919; rehabilitated 1978
- Security Bridge Co. of Billings, Montana
Main span: Pennsylvania through truss. Other primary spans: Parker through truss. All are pin-connected. Timber deck with steel runners.
Length of largest span: 242.1 ft.
Total length: 788.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.51532, -116.68060   (decimal degrees)
46°30'55" N, 116°40'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/524501/5151355 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
800 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
ID 29960 (Idaho bridge number)
BH 14935 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 29.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 6, 2021: Updated by Wyatt Griffis: Added builder.
  • May 3, 2021: New photos from Wyatt Griffis
  • May 3, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • August 12, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • September 9, 2018: New photos from Fmiser
  • April 3, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • August 13, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • October 13, 2014: Added by Adam
  • April 14, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn


  • Nathan Holth
  • Adam
  • Richard Doody
  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Wyatt


Cherry Lane Bridge
Posted January 23, 2022, by Wyatt Griffis

More information on the bridge replacement as well as a photograph.


Cherry Lane Bridge
Posted June 2, 2021, by Wyatt Griffis

The county has reached an agreement with the tribe


Cherry Lane Bridge
Posted April 28, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Typical melodramatic county commissioners... they should be losing sleep over wasting taxpayer's money for a slab that isn't needed!

Cherry Lane Bridge
Posted April 28, 2021, by Wyatt Griffis
Cherry Lane Bridge
Posted August 21, 2019, by Joel Wyman (ponchoman49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wow another beautiful memorable historical truss being needlessly destroyed. What a waste of tax payer dollars. As if they couldn't locate the new slab of cement a little way up the river and leave the beautiful historic truss up as at least a foot bridge. Wasting money and destroying our legacies of the past seems to be a hallmark of this dreadful present day!

Cherry Lane Bridge
Posted August 12, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

350 cars a day? There is nothing but a couple houses on the other side. Talk about an inflated ADT count. This bridge actually appears to have been cared for and now they want to scrap it? They say Ignorance is Bliss...

Cherry Lane Bridge
Posted August 12, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is probably one of the longest such pin connected truss bridges in the state/region, yet that is not saving it from demolition.

News Article:


From the county website:

Cherry Lane Bridge, Sponsor: Nez Perce County, Key # 9070

Description: This is a bridge replacement project over the Clearwater River on Cherry Lane Road off US12 in Nez Perce County. Roadway approaches, including US12, will be improved as a part of the project.

Status: The project has environmental approval as of March 2015. The consultant submitted right-of-way plans and legal descriptions. The right-of-way negotiations are in process.

Project Manager: Scott Ellsworth

Construction Year: 2020

Cherry Lane Bridge
Posted October 17, 2018, by DAN Lahaie (Akguy297 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

10-16-2018 beautiful Fall Afternoon 67 a ove.

Cherry Lane Bridge
Posted September 10, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If you like Ospreys you will find LOTS of them on bridges in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, etc. If the nest is in use, angry Ospreys will fly around squawking while you walk on the bridge. An unfortunate side effect of the nesting is the immense amount of "droppings" that drip down the side of the bridge. Aside from possible adverse effects to the steel and paint, this can be visually unpleasant. The Armitage Bridge in Oregon had its beautiful portal bracing covered in white streaks when I was there. I know there are man-made Osprey nest towers that can be built, I wish they would build some near the bridges so they can nest in peace nearby.

Cherry Lane Bridge
Posted September 9, 2018, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

I spotted this soon enough as I was driving by I didn't even have to turn around! It is a fine old span in good repair. And as a bonus - there was an osprey nesting on the span. I didn't have a lot of time but I got a few photos of the bridge and of the nest. I added the nest to Osprey Watch.


Cherry Lane Bridge
Posted June 14, 2009, by Van Hildreth (vanh-1 [at] excite [dot] com)

Photos taken March 28, 2009