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Burwell Bridge


File:Burwell, Nebraska Hwy 11 bridge from S

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On June 25, 1939, floodwaters washed out the existing Highway 11 bridge over the North Loup River on the northern edge of Burwell. No effort was made to replace the structure until the following winter, when in March 1940 engineers for the Nebraska Department of Roads and Irrigation designed a new steel bridge. The bureau let the project out for competitive bid under Project No. 322-E and in June awarded the construction contract to the W.A. Biba Engineering Company of Geneva, Nebraska. The structure consisted of three steel stringers spans, supported by concrete abutments and piers. With a 30-degree skew, the Burwell Bridge featured a 73-foot span in the center suspended by cantilevered arms from the outside spans, for a maximum span of 109 feet. The structure was massive, consuming some 365,430 pounds of superstructural steel and costing $14,763.28, including grading and gravel work on the approaches. Biba obtained steel from the Omaha Steel Works, and completed work on the 290-foot structure early in 1941. Since its completion, the bridge has carried vehicular traffic on Highway 11 - Garfield County's principal north-south artery - in essentially, unaltered condition. [From NRHP Nomination Form]


Steel stringer bridge over North Loup River on N11/N91
Garfield County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
Built 1940; rehabilitated 2007
- Omaha Steel Works of Omaha, Nebaraska (Steel manufacturer)
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 108.9 ft.
Total length: 290.0 ft.
Deck width: 44.0 ft.
Skew angle
30 degrees
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 29, 1992
Also called
North Loup River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.78333, -99.12167   (decimal degrees)
41°46'60" N, 99°07'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/489889/4625727 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Burwell SE
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 92000715 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 59789 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 80 (out of 100)
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Beam (17,168)
Built 1940 (1,126)
Built during 1940s (4,272)
Continuous (2,675)
Garfield County, Nebraska (4)
Have street view (30,036)
NR-listed (3,025)
Nebraska (1,707)
Omaha Steel Works (12)
Open (41,247)
Owned by state (16,695)
Skewed (5,083)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,635)
Steel stringer (6,830)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,636)

Update Log 

  • February 18, 2014: Added by Dave King

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