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8th Avenue Bridge (1938)


8th Ave Bridge

Photo taken by Dave King


BH Photo #253730

Street View 


Only one plaque still remained.


Haunched steel stringer bridge over Cedar River on 8th Avenue
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1938; rehabilitated 1987
- Cramer Brothers Construction Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
- Ned L. Ashton of Iowa City, Iowa (Engineer)
Haunched steel stringer
Length of largest span: 116.1 ft.
Total length: 658.2 ft.
Deck width: 51.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.97129, -91.66556   (decimal degrees)
41°58'17" N, 91°39'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/610566/4647449 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cedar Rapids South
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IA 1270 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 56236 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 50.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 19, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • June 23, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Cedar River (Minnesota-Iowa)", "Ned L. Ashton"
  • May 13, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • May 13, 2013: Added by Dave King

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8th Avenue Bridge
Posted December 24, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

As of 24 Dec the cable stayed is winning. SMH

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Posted December 20, 2016, by Luke

Cedar Rapids is asking for feedback on suggested designs for the new bridge.


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Posted October 6, 2016, by Anonymous

I think Iowa will be fine with their signature spans.

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Posted October 6, 2016, by Nathan Holth (Webmaster [at] HistoricBridges [dot] org)

A signature bridge? That must mean they plan to hire Bach Steel to relocate and restore a historic multi span truss bridge to this location! Because modern bridges of this size simply aren't signature anything. Maybe a few decorative light posts on top of ugly box beams. Perhaps the St. Francisville cantilever truss would be a good fit here. That iconic bridge sits on crumbling piers and is now closed.

8th Avenue Bridge
Posted October 6, 2016, by Jeremy Murphy (jmurphy1973 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Heard the City will be replacing and raising this bridge to function better with the coming flood walls and levies. The City is looking to make the new bridge a signature piece.