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E Avenue Bridge

E Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 10, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
E Avenue Over Wolf Creek
Rural: Tama County, Iowa: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1895 By Builder/Contractor: George E. King Bridge Company of Des Moines, Iowa

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
119 Feet (36.3 Meters)
Structure Length
120 Feet (36.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.7 Feet (4.79 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is a nice looking pin-connected through truss. The builder was not listed for this bridge and no plaques remain. However, HistoricBridges.org is assuming that it was built by the George E. King Bridge Company. The bridge is very similar to the 1903 span of the Chambers Ford Bridge which was also built by George E. King Bridge Company. A number of similarities exists between the two spans. The lateral bracing and diagonal members have unusual guides where they intersect. The guides consist of two circular plates that are bolted together. The less common orientation of the vertical members where the v-lacing faces the roadway is shared by the two spans. The portal bracing is very similar between the two, although the knee bracing is slightly different. Finally, the struts including the knee braces are the same design, composed of angles. For these reasons, it is assumed both spans were built by the same company.

This bridge has been closed to traffic. Tama County has no plans to repair or replace the bridge so it is essentially abandoned. The bridge would be a great candidate for relocation and reuse elsewhere. If a third party were to approach the county with an offer to relocate and reuse the bridge, it is possible they might be willing to part with the bridge. This approach has been successful elsewhere.


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