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IAIS - Harrison Street Overpass


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Steel stringer bridge over Harrison Street on Iowa Interstate Railroad
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1907
- Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS)
4 span steel stringer
Length of largest span: 30.0 ft.
Total length: 84.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.52457, -90.57698   (decimal degrees)
41°31'28" N, 90°34'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/702163/4599827 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Davenport East
Inventory numbers
NRHP 83004557 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
IA 47200 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 50204 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 11, 2023: Updated by Luke: Added build date & builder
  • September 27, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 30, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • December 28, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • September 10, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added build date
  • May 11, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added NHRP info
  • March 3, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • January 28, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Iowa Interstate Railroad"
  • January 18, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category ""Truck-Eating""
  • November 15, 2011: Added by Luke Harden

Related Bridges 



IAIS Harrison Street Bridge
Posted July 1, 2013, by Anonymous

"Truck drivers should know their vehicle height or not be driving."

That's not realistic. Look, do you want to save your bridges or not. If you want to deal with reality then put a template in front of the overpass so any high loads will harmlessly hit IT instead of the bridge. Why would you even resist such a suggestion? Nobody is insulting you personally...this is a nameless posting, so ...what's it to you? Why even resist such a practical suggestion?

IAIS Harrison Street Bridge
Posted June 29, 2013, by steve k (stephenkraemerpainter [at] msn [dot] com)

I was working on a house about 2 blocks up from the bridge when I heard it "snack" on a truck. Sure enough, there was a college kid in a rental truck, with the roof peeled back,

He was letting the air out of the tires in an attempt to get clearance to push the rest of the way thru.

I sugested he he back up, get a truck from a different company, and hoped he got the extra insurance ( he said he did).

The kid whips out his cell, makes a few calls, and comes back to me. "Next time, I get the new truck BEFORE I report the accident! The rental place called around and now I've been blackballed"

It was all I could do not to laugh!!!

IAIS Harrison Street Bridge
Posted May 27, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I still think the teeth and hash marks is a good idea. Truckers may pay attention then. Most of the time its college kids using moving trucks though.

IAIS Harrison Street Bridge
Posted May 26, 2013, by AR

Hm. Maybe gps needs a trucker app. Drivers could enter their truck height and load weight and gps would avoid sending them through low-clearance, low-weight bridges. Maybe too-narrow ones as well.

Harrison Street Truck Eating Bridge
Posted September 10, 2012, by Scott Gavin (fatpiecat2 [at] charter [dot] net)

I live on a residential street that ends with a one lane, low clearance tunnel. There is not a day that doesn't go by without some moron driving a big-rig going down our street, ignoring the No Trucks and Low Clearance signs, until he gets to the tunnel and has to back all the way out though the neighborhood since there is no place to turn around. We often stop them to ask if they didn't see the warning signs. We always get one of two excuses: One is "No sign is gonna tell me where I can go! I can do whatever I want!" but the second one is more common: "Mah GPS said this wuz the short cut to the lumber milll... heyuck." To which I usually reply "Since when does a GPS trump warning signs?"

Harrison Street Truck Eating Bridge
Posted May 12, 2012, by Anonymous

Truck drivers should know their vehicle height or not be driving.

Harrison Street Truck Eating Bridge
Posted March 4, 2012, by Anonymous

It does NO good to post the height of the bridge if the truck driver doesn't know how tall his TRUCK is. What they should do is put a "template" in front of the bridge that is the exact same height as the actual bridge. It would be far enough away that the driver could stop before hitting the bridge if he hits the template first. Of course, if he fits under the template he fits under the actual bridge. They could even use hanging rods or whatever that would harmlessly scrape the top of the truck enough to alert the driver but do no damage.

Harrison Street Underpass
Posted November 15, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

This is the other "Truck Eating Bridge," but the Brady Street one gets hit more often than this one.