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Sutherland State Aid Bridge


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From Historic Bridge Inventory

BH Photo #167555


Located near the town of Sutherland the significance of this bridge to the history of Nebraska bridge building can hardly be overstated. This remarkable structure is significant as perhaps the best remaining example of the state aid bridges. Although some seventy-seven structures were built throughout the state under this program between 1912 and 1936, only seventeen remain in use. The Sutherland Bridge is also technologically significant as the best example in the state of concrete arch construction. Moreover, of the seventeen multiple-span concrete arch bridges built under the state aid program in the 1910s and 1920s, all but the Sutherland Bridge have been destroyed or substantially altered, leaving this structure as the sole intact example of this important construction trend. [From NRHP Form]


Concrete arch bridge over North Platte River on North Prairie Trace Road (FAS 1475)
Lincoln County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement.
Built 1915
- Lincoln Construction Co. of Lincoln, Nebraska (Builder)
- Nebraska Bureau of Roads & Bridges (Designer)
Length of largest span: 49.9 ft.
Total length: 795.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 29, 1992
Also called
North Platte River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.20703, -101.11753   (decimal degrees)
41°12'25" N, 101°07'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/322465/4563901 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hershey West
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 92000705 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 24285 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 25, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • February 20, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added name, description, NRHP info, builder, imported photos
  • October 27, 2013: New photo from Ryan Trullinger
  • June 14, 2010: New photo from Nathan Holth



Sutherland State Aid Bridge
Posted February 27, 2014, by Ryan Trullinger

I also read this bridge is doomed, not a good scenario. Yeah I can see why it could be an issue on a foggy day. Also I can see an issue with wide farm equipment not being able pass over it. But there has to be a better plan, like build a modern bridge to one side or the other, or better yet an modern bridge built across the river on the next section road, either west or east. Just my 2 worth.

Sutherland State Aid Bridge
Posted February 25, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is ridiculous they are whining that the bridge is dangerous because its one lane and you can't see the other end in a foggy day. Why should that condemn this historic bridge? The solution is obvious. One way couplet.


North Platte River Bridge
Posted August 8, 2010, by Muriel Clark (nebraskaoutback [at] gmail [dot] com)

This historic bridge is currently endangered. The County has plans to demolish it and build a new bridge. Some reports indicate they'll demolish first and build the new bridge on the same alignment, others that they'll leave this one open to traffic during construction on a new alignment then demolish. Either way, it will be a tragedy to lose this bridge.