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UP - Clinton Bridge (West Channel)

Photos 

1908 Construction

Public Domain: Published Prior to 1920

BH Photo #319463

Map 

Street Views 

Description 

"On October 24, 1958, a fire started from an acetylene welding torch when workmen were repairing earlier damage to the swing span of the railroad bridge over the Mississippi River. The bridge was severely damaged and out of operation for a week. The Coast Guard closed the river to navigation. Tows and barges stacked up waiting to head downriver, with only a few week left in the navigation season. Railroad crews of over 100 men worked around the clock to repair the bridge and bring it back into service."

Facts 

Overview
Through truss swing bridge over Mississippi River on Union Pacific RR (formerly Chicago & North Western RR)
Location
Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa, and Whiteside County, Illinois
Future prospects
Scheduled for demolition and replacement by 2018. Plan is to raise the current grade so new bridge won't need an moveable span to accommodate barge traffic.
History
Built 1908-9; Caught fire 1958,
Builder
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad (DME)
- Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad (ICE)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
450' Baltimore Through Truss Swing Span with a 52' Deck Plate Girder approach with a 180' Parker Through Truss and 150' Quadrangular Through Truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 450.0 ft.
Total length: 832.0 ft.
Also called
CNW - Clinton Bridge (West Channel)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.83642, -90.18396   (decimal degrees)
41°50'11" N, 90°11'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/733824/4635448 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Clinton
Inventory number
BH 48602 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 28, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • March 26, 2015: Updated by Luke: Edited history section to note that the bridge caught fire in 1958
  • October 9, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • August 26, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 28, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • August 12, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro
  • August 11, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Altered name, changed spans (separate of 3 bridges) Swing Span
  • July 26, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected number of spans, there are 10 Spans in total.
  • January 15, 2012: New photo from Ed Ahlf
  • October 18, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder
  • October 10, 2011: New Street View added by Ben Tate
  • October 10, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • April 12, 2011: Added by Frank Hicks

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Comments 

UPRR Clinton West Channel Bridge
Posted August 11, 2012, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

On field visit to photo we spoke to the very nice bridge tender who allowed us access and told us bridge will be replaced in 6 years. She said preliminary bids are $200,000,000.