This relatively routine steel girder bridge was built in 1980. When this
bridge was built, the highway was rebuilt and realigned about 1/4 mile
to the east. As a result, this is the first bridge in this location.
The road crosses the river at an angle, resulting in a bridge that is
shaped like a rhombus.
The old bridge was known as the Iron Bridge. It was a steel through truss
bridge. The county would have like to have kept the old bridge for historical
purposes, but it was too expensive to maintain, and vandals often attacked
the old bridge.
One thing to notice here is that the Mississippi River has become a much
bigger river since the past bridge at Highway 5, and dramatically bigger
than the 10 inch deep stream at 510th Street or Coffee Pot Landing. The
river size is due to several other smaller rivers merging with the
Mississippi in the two miles west of this location.
The photo above is a view looking south across the bridge deck. The photo
below is a view from the northeast corner of the bridge as seen from the
The photo above is the bridge plate from the new bridge. The photo below
is a view of the new bridge as seen from the edge of the river at the
location where the old bridge once stood.
These two photos are the site of the old Iron Bridge. The photo above
is a view of the north end of the bridge. The approach road is still
in place, and it ends at the river bank where a series of barricades
mark the end of the road. The photo below is a view of the south end
of the old bridge. The abutment and roadway has been completely removed.