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Moline-Arsenal Bridge
Rodman Avenue Mississippi River Crossing At Moline
Moline, Illinois

Moline-Arsenal Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 000000000819909.
• Location: River Mile 485.7.
• River Elevation: 561 Feet.
• Highway: Rodman Avenue.
• Daily Traffic Count: 8,900 (2003).
• Bridge Type: Steel Girder, Concrete Deck.
• Length: 1,344 Feet Overall, 230 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 42 Feet, 2 Lanes.
• Navigation Channel Width: 220 Feet.
• Height Above Water: 28 Feet.
• Date Built: Opened April 1982.
This bridge is one of three highway bridges serving the Rock Island Arsenal. Prior to 9/11, one could simply drive across the bridge and tour the Arsenal. Today, security is high, and one has to have a need to enter the island. There is an Army museum, National River Visitors Center, Lock and Dam #15 overlook, National Cemetery, and a historical driving tour, all of which are good reasons to take a tour of the island.

This is a very historic river crossing. The first structure here was a dam built in 1837. It was used by pedestrians, and was wide enough for wagons to cross. That dam survived until 1868. A wooden bridge was built by the City of Moline in 1860, but it was destroyed by ice in 1867. An iron bridge was built in 1873, and was replaced by a concrete arch bridge in 1932. That bridge was built with substandard concrete, and it gradually crumbled under its own weight. It was closed in 1981, and replaced with the current modern steel girder bridge.


Moline-Arsenal Bridge
Moline-Arsenal Bridge
Moline-Arsenal Bridge

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