BNSF IA-25 Bridge (Creston)

Steel Stringer Bridge over Iowa Highway 25
Creston, Union County, Iowa

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Name BNSF IA-25 Bridge (Creston)
Built By Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
Contractor Des Moines Steel Company of Des Moines
Currently Owned By BNSF Railway
Length 39 Feet Total
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 13 Feet 10 Inches
Superstructure Type Steel Stringer
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1936
Traffic Count 50 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
BNSF Bridge Number 393.63
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date November 2016
In 1868, the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad had reached Creston, Iowa from Ottumwa. The crews used Creston as a point to continue building west.
By 1870, the line would be completed to East Plattsmouth, Iowa. This location was set on the Missouri River.

Just across the river, in Plattsmouth, the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad of Nebraska continued building west.

The railroad reached Ashland by 1870, and Lincoln later that year. The expansion would continue west, ultimately reaching Denver.

The lines were purchased by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad in 1875. To the east, the Iowa line connected to Chicago, via Burlington.

By 1880, the CB&Q completed a large bridge across the Missouri River at Plattsmouth, connecting the two lines.

Throughout the early 20th century, the line would be upgraded. In Iowa, many sections were constructed double track between Creston and Pacific Junction.

In Nebraska, the Ashland to Lincoln section was constructed double track in 1910.

The line served as a broader connection, connecting Denver and Chicago.
By 1970, the CB&Q merged with Great Northern and Northern Pacific to form Burlington Northern.
In 1996, BN merged with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe to form BNSF Railway, who currently owns this line.

Presently, the Creston to Lincoln section is known as the Creston Subdivision, and sees a steady traffic base.

Located in Creston, this small steel stringer bridge crosses Iowa Highway 25.
Built in 1936, this bridge features a single steel stringer span, set onto concrete substructures. In addition, a small pedestrian tunnel has been added more recently.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in good condition, with no visible serious deterioration.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Build Date Date Stamp
Contractor Des Moines Steel Company plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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