In the late 1980s, a riverfront expressway for US-61 and US-151 was funded. This nearly mile long curving bridge was designed to fill in the gap between the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge and the new waterfront expressway. The bridge crosses the Peosta Channel of the Mississippi River, as well as a backwater pond. Despite crossing two bodies of water, only 5 of the 20 spans of the bridge are over water.
City Island has since been named Chaplain Schmitt Memorial Island in honor of Father Aloysius Schmitt, who was killed in the Japanese sneak attack on Perl Harbor in 1942.