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Buckley Creek Bridge



Note: The following information comes from the National Bridge Inventory and has not been verified.
Pony truss bridge over Buckley Creek on Eden Avenue, 1 mi. west of Thompson
Jefferson County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1935
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 61.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.06833, -97.28333   (decimal degrees)
40°04'06" N, 97°16'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/646395/4436568 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
Inventory numbers
NE C004800905P (Nebraska bridge number)
BH 24186 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 41.5 (out of 100)
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Built 1935 (1,453)
Built during 1930s (11,804)
Jefferson County, Nebraska (27)
Nebraska (1,641)
One-lane traffic (7,619)
Open (40,031)
Owned by county (20,952)
Pony truss (16,328)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,132)
Structurally deficient (13,985)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,331)
Truss (33,164)
Wooden deck (6,088)


Buckley Creek Bridge
Posted November 16, 2009, by William H. Hansmire (hansmire [at] pbworld [dot] com)

This bridge is located on a county road running through the family farm in Jefferson County, Nebraska, which is about 75 miles southwest of Lincoln, Nebraska. The property to the east is a quarter section of land homesteaded in 1869 by John Hansmire, my great,great, great grandfather. I have gone over the bridge at least once a year for my entire life, and when I worked on the farm more regularly, a dozen times a day. It has a negeleted, rusted look, but has done its job faithfully, for which I am grateful, since the only other road (from the north) is truly an "unimproved dirt" road, which is pure mud when it rains. In the ways of this remote place, a call to the county commissioners "that a bridge plank is about rotted through", or that someone has stolen all the bridge planks (real event from a few years ago) gets some fresh, rough-sawn planks in by the end of the day, and we are good to use it for seveal months again. Bill Hansmire F. ASCE