BNSF 234th Street Bridge

Concrete Encased Beam Bridge over 234th Street
Near Gretna, Sarpy County, Nebraska

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Name BNSF 234th Street Bridge
Built By Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By BNSF Railway
Length 16 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet 10 Inches
Superstructure Type Concrete encased Steel Beam
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1935
Traffic Count 15 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
BNSF Bridge Number 41.89
Significance Local Significance
In 1871, the Omaha and South Western Railroad built a line from Oreapolis, Nebraska to Bellevue, Nebraska.
By 1885, an expansion would be made into Omaha. It would be quickly sold to the Omaha and North Platte Railroad.

The Omaha & North Platte desired to continue building west, reaching Ashland by 1888. They would continue north towards Fremont from that point.

The two railroads combined formed a loop, to allow Chicago, Burlington & Quincy trains to enter Omaha. The CB&Q mainline bypassed Omaha about 10 miles to the south.

The railroads became a full part of the CB&Q in 1908, which invested money to heavily rebuild the two.

The CB&Q continued operations of this route until 1970, when they merged with Great Northern and Northern Pacific to form Burlington Northern.

By 1996, the BN merged with Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe to form BNSF Railway, the current owner of this line. It is currently known as the Omaha Subdivision.

This small beam bridge crosses over 234th Street next to US-6, near Gretna.
According to the National Bridge Inventory, this bridge was built in 1935. Based on similar bridges, this date appears to be correct or close to correct.
The bridge is a simple concrete encased beam span, set onto concrete abutments. Unlike some concrete encased spans, this structure has the outer beams exposed.
Unfortunately, it appears that this bridge is not in good condition. Severe deterioration to the deck has begun.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview. The bridge can be accessed from the road it crosses.


Source Type


Build Date 2017 National Bridge Inventory (NBI)
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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