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Nine Bridge Road Bridge


Looking north

Photo taken by James Baughn


BH Photo #201603


Early in 1911 citizens of Doniphan Township pledged $1,000 toward construction of a new bridge over the Platte River to replace an existing timber bridge that linked the area with Grand Island. In response, the county supervisors authorized the Nine Bridges Road north of Doniphan to serve the proposed crossing. The supervisors decided to constrict the river's channel width by some 340 feet and erect a three-span pony truss. Completed in 1913, the Nine Bridges Bridge carried mainline traffic until construction of a parallel span over the Platte on U.S. Highway 281/34. Sold to the adjacent landowner in the mid-1960s, the bridge is no longer open to traffic, but is maintained in essentially unaltered condition. It is historically significant as an important crossing of a major watercourse and technologically significant as the best example in the state of this mainstay structural type. [From NRHP Form]


Six-span pony truss bridge over South Channel Platte River on Nine Bridge Road, 1.8 mi. north of Doniphan
Hall County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
Built 1924; rehabilitated 1971
- Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania & Woodlawn, Pennsylvania (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)
- Standard Bridge Co. of Omaha, Nebraska
Six riveted Pratt pony truss spans
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 603.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.80388, -98.36821   (decimal degrees)
40°48'14" N, 98°22'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/553291/4517177 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
Inventory numbers
NE C004013705P (Nebraska bridge number)
BH 24148 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 40.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 21, 2022: New photos from James McCray
  • February 19, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added description and imported photos
  • March 27, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builders
  • June 17, 2011: New photos from James Baughn


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