UP Haber Road Bridge

Concrete Encased I-Beam Bridge over Haber Road
Ames, Story County, Iowa

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Name UP Haber Road Bridge
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 17 Feet 6 Inches Total
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 11 Feet 6 Inches
Superstructure Type Concrete Encased I-Beam
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1900, Encasement Date Unknown
Traffic Count 75 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 190.15
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date November 2016
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western Iowa Division mainline, now part of the Overland Route:


This unique I-Beam bridge is a notorious single lane overpass on the Iowa State University campus. As a result, the bridge is controlled by stoplights to allow traffic to safely pass below.
It was built in 1900 to cross a livestock area, but was later converted to road use. As part of the road use conversion, the I-Beams were encased in concrete to create a ballasted deck bridge. It appears that this occurred before 1938.
The substructures are a standardized stone design. A similar bridge once existed nearby over Stange Road, but was replaced 1962.

The author has ranked this bridge as being moderately significant, due to the common design, with a unique twist.
Fortunately, this bridge remains in good condition. The photo above is an overview.
The structure can be accessed from the road below. The bridge may be doomed in the long term. As a traffic bottleneck, it is believed that the University and the city will work together to replace this bridge in the long run.


Source Type


Build Date Chicago & North Western Railway Historical Society Archives
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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