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Centennial Bridge


Elevation From West

Photo by Joe Elliott, Summer 1995, for HAER

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BH Photo #123909

Street Views 

Bridge History & Facts 

From Wikipedia

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Steel through arch bridge over the Mississippi River on US 67 between Davenport and Rock Island
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, and Rock Island County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Completed July 12, 1940; rehabilitated 1996; tolls removed May 2, 2003
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Ash, Howard, Needles, & Tammen of Kansas City, Missouri (Designer)
- McCarthy Improvement Co. of Davenport, Iowa
- Ned L. Ashton of Iowa City, Iowa (Engineer)
- Priester Construction Co. of Davenport, Iowa
This bridge is a major river span and was the first tied-arch span across the Mississippi River. The bridge was fabricated, and the superstructure built, by American Bridge Company, New York, one of the largest bridge companies in American history. The bridge's designer, Ned L. Ashton, was one of Iowa's most influential engineers.
Length of largest span: 538.1 ft.
Total length: 3,854.2 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 45.9 ft.
Also called
Master Sgt. Stanley Talbot Memorial Bridge (Official Name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.51517, -90.58163   (decimal degrees)
41°30'55" N, 90°34'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/701804/4598771 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Davenport East
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
IA 47020 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 37423 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 2, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added categories "Tied arch", "First of its kind"
  • August 6, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 27, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 2, 2019: New photo from Luke
  • January 4, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • March 3, 2018: New photo from David Sebben
  • July 17, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added new official name to alt names section
  • April 16, 2017: New photos from David Sebben
  • February 22, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • August 4, 2014: Updated by Luke: Presently under construction
  • July 27, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • September 8, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • August 18, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builders.
  • May 27, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • October 8, 2011: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • July 21, 2011: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • March 25, 2009: New photo from Quinn Phelan
  • March 3, 2009: Essay added by Quinn Phelan
  • September 13, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning


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  • HAER IA-73 - Centennial Bridge
  • Quinn Phelan - qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Wikipedia
  • Luke
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • David Sebben
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Centennial Bridge
Posted July 17, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Bridge was officially rededicated on 17 Jul 2017 in accordance with this resolution:


Centennial Bridge
Posted May 27, 2012, by David Sebben (nebbes61 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

An extremely foggy morning as the Centennial Bridge disappears into it.