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Rochester Avenue Bridge


Rochester Ave. Bridge

1935 Rochester Ave. Bridge after closure, before demolition. April 3, 2013

Photo taken by Ed Breed in April 2013


BH Photo #376747


Street View 

Brief History of 2013 replacement 

Written by Ed Breed

The 1935 Rochester Ave. Bridge over Ralston Creek in Iowa City had most recently been rated as "structurally deficient" with a sufficiency rating of 5%. Construction on a replacement started April 3, 2013. The primary staging area for construction was Rochester Avenue east of the Bridge and our backyard, which is adjacent. The first picture (the only one I have, I believe), shows the arched balustrades on either side of the bridge (and was taken from the back door of our house). The replacement bridge also features the same type of balustrade, which can be seen in the street view, thus making the new bridge quite reminiscent of the old.

Construction was complicated by the necessity of moving various utilities. Electric poles were moved or removed, and the local distribution line to the south was buried, as were cable TV lines. The gas line attached to the bridge was buried under the stream, and a water main that ran along Rochester Ave was replaced for 2-3 blocks, further complicating access for residents. In addition, new storm drains were installed on both sides of the street both east and west of bridge.


Steel stringer bridge over Ralston Creek on Rochester Avenue
Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1934; Replaced 2013
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 44.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Also called
Ralston Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.66389, -91.51361   (decimal degrees)
41°39'50" N, 91°30'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/623746/4613526 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Iowa City West
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
IA 6330 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 51065 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 24, 2017: New Street View added by Ed Breed
  • January 23, 2017: Updated by Ed Breed: Year lost corrected: Bridge was demolished April 2013; new bridge open November 2013
  • August 16, 2015: Updated by Luke: Bridge has been replaced
  • October 18, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added City
  • January 25, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Ralston Creek"
  • January 24, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

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