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O Road Little Nemaha River Bridge



View facing south east

Photo taken by Fmiser in September 2012

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


BH Photo #240838


Pratt through truss bridge over North Fork Little Nemaha River on CR-O, 1 mi. south of Lorton
Otoe County, Nebraska
Open to traffic, 3 to 6 ton weight limit
Built 1895
- Carnegie Steel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)
Pratt through truss with timber stringers and timber deck, no runners. East approach is a steel stringer span, 30ft long. West approach is a steel stringer span, 40ft long.
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 171.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.58109, -96.02540   (decimal degrees)
40°34'52" N, 96°01'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/751763/4496509 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
Inventory number
BH 24373 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 13.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 16, 2012: New photos from Fmiser
  • October 2, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: Added categories "6-panel truss", "Pin-connected", "A-frame portal", "Lattice railing", "Carnegie Steel Co."
  • November 30, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fixed GPS



O Road Little Nemaha River Bridge
Posted December 17, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have seen that construction on a few others bridges, but it is a rare find.

Here is a similar example:


O Road Little Nemaha River Bridge
Posted December 16, 2012, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

I finally got some more of my pictures uploaded. Including the images of the lower end of the hip vertical rod. I have not seen a dual loop like this before.

Also, it doesn't seem to fit the crossing, and the bents supporting the bridge are a lot newer than the bridge. So I suspect it was moved here - but I sure don't know where it came from.

O Road Little Nemaha River Bridge
Posted October 2, 2012, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Only a few miles south of a major road, NE 2, but what a sweet bridge. It seems to be in decent shape too. It has iron or steel floor beams, but the stringers on the main span are timber! The deck is nailed to the stringers - and there were a few too many sticking up too high for me to risk my tires, so I didn't drive over it. The lattice railing is largely intact too. I have a bunch more photos to edit and upload...