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I280 Bridge



Iowa shore looking north

Photo taken by Nathan Morton in Sept. 07



Street View 


Planning for the bridge began in 1953, and it was finished in 1973.

Bridge Crossing Video 

By Quinn Phelan

Here is a short video of my drive across the Mississippi River I-280 Bridge, southbound from Iowa into Illinois on March 3, 2009...



Steel through arch bridge over Mississippi River on I-280 in Davenport
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, and Rock Island County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1970
Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 570.2 ft.
Total length: 4,194.4 ft. (0.8 mi.)
Deck width: 82.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Also called
I-280 Mississippi River Bridge
Sergeant John F. Baker, Jr. Bridge
Baker Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.48305, -90.63712   (decimal degrees)
41°28'59" N, 90°38'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/697271/4595078 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
IA 600690 (Iowa bridge number)
IL 081-0106 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 14375 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2014)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 67.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)

Update Log 

  • April 16, 2017: New photo from David Sebben
  • October 30, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • February 20, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • July 18, 2011: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • July 3, 2011: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • June 3, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated name
  • March 3, 2009: Essay added by Quinn Phelan
  • November 13, 2008: New photo from Nathan Morton


  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Quinn Phelan - qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Luke
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Wikipedia
  • David Sebben


Sergeant John F. Baker, Jr. Bridge
Posted January 6, 2014, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

If you're passing through the Quad Cities on I-80 with no time to poke around for historic bridges, cross the Mississippi on this interesting tied-arch bridge on I-280, instead of the ugly I-80 Fred Schwengel Bridge. It's faster too.

Mississippi River I-280 Bridge
Posted May 29, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

This bridge's name is the Sergeant John F. Baker, Jr. Bridge