Plattsmouth BridgeEdit profile
The Plattsmouth Bridge is a truss bridge over the Missouri River connecting Cass County, Nebraska and Mills County, Iowa via U.S. Route 34. The bridge is owned by the city of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. The bridge has seven spans including the 402-foot (123 m) cantilevered through truss over the river's navigable channel. It is anchored by 201-foot (61 m) through spans, with two 203-foot (62 m) and two 104-foot (32 m) deck trusses over the eastern flood plain. The bridge has clearance of 14'9" and has a width of 20 feet (6.1 m). A ferry operated here until the bridge was constructed in 1929. The Plattsmouth Bridge Commission charges tolls which in 2007 were $1.25 each way for an automobile. It was designed by the Omaha Structural Steel Works and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. Just north of the bridge is the BNSF rail crossing used by AMTRAK and a pipeline crossing. In November 2006 it was decided to repair the bridge rather than build new bridges. Earlier plans had called for a new $42 million two-lane bridge and bypass of Plattsmouth. The new bridge would have been about 300 feet (91 m) south of the current bridge. In November 2007, ownership of the bridge was transferred from the private Plattsmouth Bridge company to the public Plattsmouth Bridge Commission. Between April 21, 2008 and November 9, 2008, the bridge was closed as part of a federally funded bridge restoration. The bridge reopened November 9, 2008.