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McCaffrey Bridge

Iowa Bridge Number 348840

McCaffrey Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: June 30, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
244th Avenue Over Upper Iowa River
Rural: Winneshiek County, Iowa: United States
Structure Type
Metal 6 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1924 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
100 Feet (30.48 Meters)
Structure Length
248 Feet (75.59 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.1 Feet (4.6 Meters)
2 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
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Sitting in front of a rocky cliff, this is an attractive bridge that compliments its beautiful setting very well. The bridge features two six panel main truss spans of 100 feet each, and a steel stringer approach span of approximately 48 feet. The bridge retains good historic integrity.

This bridge is a traditionally composed riveted truss bridge in Iowa. It conforms to a standard plan and a number of bridges similar in design to this one remain in Iowa, although the exact size and configuration varies from bridge to bridge making each bridge unique in some way.

At the very least, the best representative examples of standard plan truss bridges such as this one should be highlighted for preservation to retain a record of this period in history. Longer spans, multi-span examples, and unaltered examples should receive preservation priority.

In reality however, the majority of these bridges are fully capable of being rehabilitated for continued rural vehicular use and there is no reason to even consider the demolition of these bridges whether highly noteworthy or not. Many of Iowa's truss bridges are on rural dirt roads that have not been exposed to the extremely corrosive de-icing salt that bridges in other states have suffered from. As a result, they retain a comparatively high degree of structural integrity due to a striking lack of pack rust and section loss. In addition, these bridges were built with a higher quality of materials and construction than any modern bridge (contrary to what AASHTO would have you believe). These truss bridges are much more beautiful than any modern bridge. They contribute to the Iowa landscape in a positive manner and are an asset to the state.


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