Madrid, Iowa - Trestle Trail Bridge [Explored - 3/16/2011]
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What is a trestle bridge? Trestle bridges were commonly used in the 19th and early 20th centuries to span wide valleys. They are most commonly seen on rail road lines and were almost always made from timber.
As part of the "Rails to Trails" program, the State of Iowa in conjunction with the local counties and community groups, have begun converting outdated rail roads to bike trails. An eagerly awaited bridge along the Ankeny to Woodward, IA trail opens on April 30th, 2011. Here are some pictures of the bridge just before it is completed.
There are a lot of things that make this bike trail amazing... It;s 13 stories high, is 1/2 mile long, and includes a really interesting design from David Dahlquist. The bridge is designed to look like a coal mine shaft complete with steel trusses at crazy angles and tile that looks like coal.
It is absolutely amazing to ride on - and the view from the bridge is even better. As you drive out over the bridge, you can't help but feel like you are going down into the earth. I'll post more as the workers get closer to completing it.
Canon 7d and 15-85 lens.