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Spillville Bridge

Iowa Bridge Number 11010

Spillville Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: June 30, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Main Street (CR-W14) Over Turkey River
Spillville: Winneshiek County, Iowa: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1950 By Builder/Contractor: C. B. and M. R. Taylor

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
66 Feet (20.12 Meters)
Structure Length
170 Feet (51.82 Meters)
Roadway Width
22 Feet (6.71 Meters)
3 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This Bridge No Longer Exists!

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This bridge was demolished and replaced in 2009!

This bridge is an attractive example of a mid-20th century bridge, and an example of the most common form of bridge type during that period, the steel stringer (multi-beam). The bridge features an architectural detailing including decorative railing, curved abutment parapet detailing, and a bronze plaque with a scrollwork border. The bridge sits on concrete bents which have a number of curved features to them. Overall, the bridge exhibits attractive, yet simple, streamlined design that has a somewhat modern look to it.

The bridge was a somewhat early example of a continuous stringer bridge, since in this period simple spans including those with pin and hanger details were more common. Continuous stringer spans eliminate expansion joints which can collect moisture and cause deterioration, so continuous stringers are generally considered to require less maintenance and offer a longer service life.

Sadly, this bridge is apparently being replaced and demolished, despite the fact that the bridge appeared to be in a condition conducive to rehabilitation. The new bridge will have no historic value, nor will it have any attractive design, and as such the demolition of the Spillville Bridge will be a historical and aesthetic loss to the community.


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