Wana Via Duck?
In Iowa, United States
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A bad pun off of "Wana buy a duck?" and "Viaduct". Anyway it is hidden on the bridge. No worries of this one being called incas a bomb though. It blends right in.
Ottumwa's history has revolved around the Des Moines River. The river drew early native people's and settlers. It provided a means of transportation before the railroads.
The Des Moines River also created a division in the community. It was a natural barrier inhibiting free access from one side of the banks to the other. Bridges were built to unite Ottumwa. Ottumwa's nickname is "the City of Bridges."
Engineers from the Iowa State Highway Commission designed the bridge project. The Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin began excavation for the substructure in early 1935. Construction was completed in 1936. On May 28, 1936 the Jefferson Street Viaduct was dedicated in ceremonies presided over by Iowa Governor Clyde Herring and Ottumwa Mayor Edwin Manning. A crowd of about 15,000 people were on hand for the bridge's official opening.
The Jefferson Street Viaduct has five arched deck truss spans, riveted Warren deck truss, and supported above the Des Moines River on tapered concrete pedestals. It is technologically noteworthy as an uncommon application of deck truss technology in Iowa.
The Jefferson Street Viaduct was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
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