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Elm Avenue Bridge

Iowa Bridge Number 87210

   


Elm Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 2, 2009
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Elm Avenue Over Beaver Creek
Location
Rural: Butler County, Iowa
Structure Type
Metal 5 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Wood Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1910 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
99 Feet (30.2 Meters)
Structure Length
138 Feet (42.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
14.8 Feet (4.5 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
87210

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This bridge is a traditionally composed five panel truss bridge which also features two wooden stringer approach spans at the northern end. Alterations to the truss include the addition of cables to bottom chord and hip verticals. The original bridge material remains however and appears unaltered. The bridge does show evidence of a bent endpost, but is otherwise in good structural condition. The bridge's condition is appropriate for a future preservation project to either rehabilitate the bridge for continued vehicular use, or to relocate and restore it for non-motorized use. The bridge is a good representative example of a late pin-connected truss bridge. Sitting out in the open for all to see, the bridge is located in a scenic agricultural setting,  and the bridge contributes to the beauty of the setting.

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