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Brownville Bridge

General Information

Completion: 1939
Status: in use

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Location: , , ,
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  • Missouri River
Coordinates: 40° 23' 57.35" N    95° 39' 6.48" W
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Technical Information


main span 127.96 m
total length 580.13 m
deck width 6.89 m


cost of construction United States dollar 700 000


piers reinforced concrete
truss steel
abutments reinforced concrete

Excerpt from Wikipedia

The Brownville Bridge is a truss bridge over the Missouri River on U.S. Route 136 (US 136) from Nemaha County, Nebraska, to Atchison County, Missouri, at Brownville, Nebraska.

It was built in 1939 by Atchison County, at a cost of $700,000 and was originally run as a toll bridge. The structure was designed by HNTB. Bethlehem Steel Co. built the superstructure, while C.F. Lytle Co. built the substructure and C.W. Atkinson Paving Co. completed the approaches. It has since been converted from a toll bridge to become a free crossing.

The bridge is extremely narrow, with no shoulders and only one 8-foot lane in each direction and a total deck width of 22.6 ft. A cantilevered Warren through truss, the bridge's longest span is 419.8 ft. The total length is 1,903.3 ft.

The bridge underwent extensive repairs in 2009–10. The deck was replaced, along with pier and steel structure repair.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. The bridge was indefinitely closed to all traffic in April 2019 as a result of the 2019 Midwestern U.S. floods' damage to the approaches. As of May 2019 the bridge remained closed, with no specific planned reopening date set. The bridge was reopened sometime before October 5, 2020.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Brownville Bridge" and modified on 19 October 2020 according to the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.


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