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South Dakota Department of Transportation Bridge No. 63-016-150
Nearest city Marion, South Dakota
Area less than one acre
Built 1935 (1935)
Built by Turner County Highway Dept.
Architectural style Stone arch
MPS Historic Bridges in South Dakota MPS
NRHP reference No. 99001342
Added to NRHP November 19, 1999

South Dakota Department of Transportation Bridge No. 63-016-150 is a historic bridge in rural western Turner County, South Dakota. Built in 1935, it is a well-preserved period stone-arch bridge, built with funding from a New Deal jobs program. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

Description and history

Bridge No. 63-016-150 is located in rural western Turner County, carrying 283rd Street over an unnamed stream, between 441st and 442nd Avenues. It is a two-arch stone structure, with a total length of about 22 feet (6.7 m). Its two arches are segmental, with a span of 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 m), and rise about 9 feet (2.7 m) above the stream bed. The bridge has stone wing walls, and a cutwater on the south side of the central pier. The bridge is fashioned out of locally quarried quartzite fieldstone, most of which is roughly cut and randomly laid. The finished surfaces have been trimmed and squared.

This bridge is one of 180 stone arch bridges built in Turner County as part of a New Deal-era federal jobs program, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA). The county administration was able to build stone bridges at a lower cost than then-conventional steel beam bridges because of the availability of experienced stone workers, and the federal subsidy to the wages they were paid. The county was responsible for supervising the work crews and providing the building materials. This bridge was built in 1935 by a county crew to a standardized state design. It is one of only two bridges in the county built with FERA funding; others were built with later Works Progress Administration funds.

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