6 votes

Bloomington Road (Lincoln Highway) Bridge


The north approach

This road carried the "proclamation route" of the Lincoln Highway. The initial route of America's first coast-to-coast paved highway was laid out in 1913. The Lincoln Highway came from Mount Vernon over the 10th Avenue Bridge, across this bridge, into Marion and then into Cedar Rapids. The route changed in the early 1920's, bypassing both this bridge and the city of Marion.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in June 2006


BH Photo #112515



Parker through truss bridge over Big Creek on Bloomington Road, old Lincoln Highway
Linn County, Iowa
Built 1925
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa (Design)
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 154.2 ft.
Deck width: 19.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.98370, -91.51337   (decimal degrees)
41°59'01" N, 91°30'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/623151/4649034 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 83 N., R. 6 W., Sec. 23
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
IA 220800 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13830 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 34.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 4, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is demolished.
  • June 9, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • May 12, 2013: New photos from Dave King
  • November 29, 2011: New photo from Steve Conro
  • July 13, 2011: Updated by Jason Smith: Bridge is still open to traffic as of July 2011
  • March 30, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Bridge to "Lincoln Highway" Category
  • February 27, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added photos and Lincoln Highway history


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth


Bloomington Road (Lincoln Highway) Bridge
Posted December 4, 2015, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)