Rating:
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Fred Schwengel Memorial Bridge

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Iowa shore looking north

Photo taken by Nathan Morton in Sept. 07

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BH Photo #127554

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Overview
Haunched deck plate girder bridge over Mississippi River on I-80 in Le Claire
Location
Le Claire, Scott County, Iowa, and Rock Island County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1966; Rehab 1996
Builders
- Industrial Construction Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota (Contractor)
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa (Design)
- Roy Ryan & Sons Co., Inc. of Evanston, Indiana (Substructure)
Design
Haunched deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 370.1 ft.
Total length: 3,488.0 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 60.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.58030, -90.36498   (decimal degrees)
41°34'49" N, 90°21'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/719663/4606532 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Port Byron
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
34,800
Inventory numbers
IL 081-0011 (Illinois bridge number)
IA 47720 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 38081 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 67 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 21, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builders
  • November 29, 2015: New photos from Dave King
  • January 24, 2015: New photo from Jason Smith
  • October 30, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • July 27, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • November 15, 2011: Photos imported by Luke Harden
  • July 20, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Added total length and width
  • November 13, 2008: Added by Nathan Morton

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Comments 

Fred Schwengel Memorial Bridge
Posted September 16, 2015, by Elliott Johnson (elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge has recently had its inspection report blocked from public view by both the Iowa and Illinois DOT's citing security concerns, I heard something about hairline cracks and mentions of the bridge collapse in Minnesota so I'd avoid this bridge for awhile, especially since lane closures has traffic backed up in both directions frequently.

http://qctimes.com/news/local/illinois-restricts-i--bridge-i...

Fred Schwengel Memorial Bridge
Posted November 30, 2014, by Luke

Avoid The I74 Bridge if you're traveling through anytime near rush hour.

Fred Schwengel Memorial Bridge
Posted November 30, 2014, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Passing through the Quad Cities on I-80? There are at least two more interesting ways to cross the Mississippi than this ugly bridge clogged with big trucks. Cross the doomed and historic I-74 suspension bridge instead, or the modern and interesting bowstring arch Sergeant John F. Baker, Jr. Bridge on I-280, which is often faster than I-80. Many other great choices if you're willing to get off the Interstates, such as my favorite, the Arsenal Bridge.