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Wagon Wheel Bridge, Boone IA, seriously damaged by ice
« on: February 23, 2016, 05:12:25 PM »

Sorry to report, ice going down the Des Moines River has seriously damaged the Wagon Wheel Bridge, located nearly beneath the Union Pacific's Kate Shelley Bridges.

I've heard a report the damage is serious enough that even if the bridge doesn't collapse completely, it will be removed.

This is really sad news.  In the picture you can see how far one of the central piers has buckled. 8 feet or so, it's really out of alignment now.

(view is from east end looking west)

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Re: Wagon Wheel Bridge, Boone IA, seriously damaged by ice
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2016, 05:57:11 PM »

Update:



WHO-TV is reporting the county is making plans to remove the bridge.

This is really bad news.  I rode over this bridge in the 70s.  It's on the Register of historic buildings too.
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Re: Wagon Wheel Bridge, Boone IA, seriously damaged by ice
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2016, 08:47:37 PM »

Damn, one span went in the water this afternoon, around 1:40PM

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Re: Wagon Wheel Bridge, Boone IA, seriously damaged by ice
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2016, 08:57:44 PM »

Dam, one span went in the water this afternoon, around 1:40PM



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Re: Wagon Wheel Bridge, Boone IA, seriously damaged by ice
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2016, 11:54:10 PM »

Here's a closer look at the fallen span:

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Re: Wagon Wheel Bridge, Boone IA, seriously damaged by ice
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2016, 10:58:51 AM »

And a view through the remaining spans:

« Last Edit: March 20, 2016, 09:04:02 PM by Jardine »
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Re: Wagon Wheel Bridge, Boone IA, seriously damaged by ice
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2016, 08:37:23 PM »

Hot dam is that one dam big gap. You could park a dam schoolbus there. How often does this river flood? Would a damn help?
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Re: Wagon Wheel Bridge, Boone IA, seriously damaged by ice
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2016, 11:16:30 PM »

The Saylorville Dam is down stream, I canoed once from a few miles south of Wagon Wheel Bridge (hwy 30 access area) to several miles south of the Ledges State Park.  Beautiful stretch of the river.

I think in '93 water from Saylorville Dam backed up past Wagon Wheel Bridge.  As for a dam in that area, not a chance, Boone Valley
Scenic Railway has trackage in the area and anyone trying to change that stretch of river would be a lightning road for abuse.

I think people were holding out hope Wagon Wheel Bridge could be renovated into a pedestrian/hiking attraction, but it's too late now. 

Not evident in any of these pictures is the spectacular view from Wagon Wheel Bridge of the Kate Shelley Union Pacific railroad bridges.

The wonder is, considering the untamed nature of the Des Moines River in that area is that the bridge stood for so long.  Still, it's tough to see it go, it was a wonderful example of an old rickety truss bridge.
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Re: Wagon Wheel Bridge, Boone IA, seriously damaged by ice
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2016, 07:50:41 PM »

Found some  closer views of the damage:




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