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I-280 Bridge


Iowa shore looking north

Photo taken by Nathan Morton in Sept. 07


BH Photo #127553

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
- Dravo Contracting Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Substructure)
- John F. Beasley Co. of Dallas, Texas (Erector)
- Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Co. of Des Moines, Iowa & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Superstructure)
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:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IA 600690 (Iowa bridge number)
IL 081-0106 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 14375 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 41 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 25, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • 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