The Idaho Transportation Department has released thousands of digitized photos from their files for the public’s enjoyment. In looking at the database recently, I decided to pull together a little series of bridges gone bad.
This is an old bridge at Cataldo, circa 1910. It shows the distorted trusses and the temporary braces put in place to stave off a complete collapse. It’s doubtful there is any remnant of this old bridge today.
This is the collapse of the Parma Bridge. It looks to me like it was probably 1950s, by the way the men are dressed.
Some of the photos are more recent. This is an overpass across I-84 near Burley after a truck crashed into a support in 1988.
Perhaps the most dramatic bridge collapse in the ITD files is this one, which caught a Union Pacific Bus as it tried to cross. This may have been a bridge across the Bear River. Does anyone have any information about this incident?