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Bridge of Lions (1989)


The Northwest Face

When I shot this bridge last Summer, I didn't really think of it as a historical structure, so I never placed it in the database. Given the terrible flooding in Cedar Rapids this week, the assumption that all of these Cedar Rapids bridges are totally inundated and the failure of the CRANDIC railroad truss, this bridge may, ironically, be history.

Here it is, as it appeared in August, 2007.

JRM 6/14/08.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in August 2007

BH Photo #115154

Street View 


Stringer bridge over Cedar River on 16th Avenue in Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1989
- Schmidt Construction Co. of Winfield, Iowa
Concrete rigid frame
Length of largest span: 87.9 ft.
Total length: 615.2 ft.
Deck width: 30.8 ft.
Also called
Czech Village Bridge (1989)
Sixteenth Avenue Bridge
Czech Heritage Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.96667, -91.65906   (decimal degrees)
41°58'00" N, 91°39'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/611112/4646944 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cedar Rapids South
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IA 1241 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 36701 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 87.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 2, 2015: New photo from Dave King
  • December 3, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • June 8, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • November 30, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed to common name.
  • June 14, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

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Czech Village Bridge
Posted May 17, 2016, by Jeff Briere (jeffbriere [at] gmail [dot] com)

Popularly known as "Lion Bridge."

Also in your photo gallery, No. 2 shows a plaque from the 16th Av bridge.