Credit: Photo: Linn County Engineers

The Burr Oaks Road Bridge—winner of a first-place award in the 2004–05 Timber Bridge Awards—is a 71-foot-long bridge in Linn County, Iowa.

Several public bridge projects across the country won recognition in the 2004–2005 Timber Bridge Awards. The awards—sponsored by the American Institute of Timber Construction, the Engineered Wood Association, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service's Wood in Transportation Program—are designed to bring attention to the benefits of using timber in bridge construction.

The Burr Oaks Road Bridge in Linn County, Iowa, won in the category of Timber Highway Bridges (Main Span Under 40 Feet). The 71-foot-long structure is a three-span, nailed-laminated timber deck slab on timber piers and abutments, with a main span of 24 feet. It was designed by Linn County Engineers, Marion, Iowa, and built by Toddville, Iowa-based Oliphant Construction. Other winners include:

  • Timber Highway Bridges (Main Span Over 40 Feet): First place—Alton Sylor Bridge, Allegany County, N.Y.
  • Pedestrian/Light Vehicular Bridges: First place—Centennial Garden pedestrian bridge, Longview, Wash. Award of merit—Pochuck Quagmire Suspension Bridge, Vernon Valley, N.J.
  • Covered Bridges: First place—Brighton Bridge, Brighton, Vt. Awards of merit—Old Mill Covered Pedestrian Bridge, Roswell, Ga.; Littleton Riverwalk Pedestrian Bridge, Littleton, N.H.
  • Rehabilitated Bridges: First place—Fisher School Bridge, Lincoln County, Ore.; Award of merit—Henninger Farm Bridge, Dauphin County, Pa.