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Twelfth Avenue Bridge


The Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge

The northwest face. This bridge was renamed and dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King on January 12, 2005. (Plaque shown below.)

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in August 2007

BH Photo #110032

Street View 


Five-span open-spandrel arch bridge over Cedar River on 12th Avenue in Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1974
- Cramer Brothers Construction Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
- Ned L. Ashton of Iowa City, Iowa
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 160.1 ft.
Total length: 800.2 ft.
Deck width: 54.1 ft.
Also called
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bridge (official name dedicated Jan. 12, 2005)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.96759, -91.66147   (decimal degrees)
41°58'03" N, 91°39'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/610910/4647044 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cedar Rapids South
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IA 501030 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13858 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 82.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 19, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • June 8, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • January 28, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke


Twelfth Avenue Bridge
Posted June 10, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, I like this one. I know it is relatively modern, but it is one that I would have added myself. It looks like a genuine open spandrel.

Some of the newer bridges on here make me glad that I have a supply of ginger. This bridge is not one of them.

Twelfth Avenue Bridge
Posted June 8, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Very nice... And really only about 10 years out from historic status by my opinion.

Twelfth Avenue Bridge
Posted June 8, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I can't believe I actually like a "modern" reproduction.