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F. W. Kent Park Roof Truss Bridge

F. W. Kent Park Roof Truss Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 10, 2013
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Rod Dunlap Memorial Bridge Trail Over F. W. Kent Park Lake
Rural: Johnson County, Iowa: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
75 Feet (22.86 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation


This webpage and narrative you are currently viewing is for one of the seven historic bridges that have been relocated to F. W. Kent Park on the Rod Dunlap Memorial Bridge Trail. This page provides a discussion of the individual bridge. Please also view the Dane Road Bridge page which includes a general overview discussion of F. W. Kent Park on the Rod Dunlap Memorial Bridge Trail. The map on this page shows F. W. Kent Park with all seven bridges labeled. You can click on the name of a bridge to switch to a particular bridge's page. Visit the official page for the park here. If you want to view an enlarged version of the bridge map to the left, click here.

About The Bridge

This bridge was created from roof trusses salvaged from an unspecified building in Iowa City. The trusses reportedly date to the 1930s. The trusses are welded and if the date is correct, would be early example of welded trusses. As a bridge, the structure has an unusual appearance because it uses trusses that were made for a roof... a design not used in bridge trusses. At the same time, the arched design of the bridge and the symmetry of the truss design make the bridge visually pleasing, even if it lacks the detailed craftsmanship found in the other older historic truss bridges in the park.


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