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Sylvan Island Wagon Bridge
Sylvan Island Mississippi River Crossing At Moline
Moline, Illinois

Sylvan Island Wagon Bridge

• Structure ID:  
• Location: River Mile 484.5.
• River Elevation: 545 Feet.
• Structure Type: Pedestrian Foot Bridge.
• Bridge Type: Double Quadrangular Truss.
• Length: 174 Feet Overall, 87 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 14 Feet.
• Navigation Channel Width: Non-Navigable.
• Height Above Water: 16 Feet.
• Date Built: September 1872, Strengthened 1901.
Sylvan Canal was built as a tailrace (outflow channel) for the newly built Moline Power Plant. This cut off a section of land from the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. The piece of land was given the name Sylvan Island. After the tailrace was complete, the Federal Government installed this bridge to provide access to the island.

The bridge was strengthened in 1901. The wood floor was removed in 1953 and replaced with steel and asphalt. The steel mill on Sylvan Island closed in 1956, which lead to a decline in traffic over the bridge. The bridge was closed in the early 1960s due to safety issues. The federal government transferred ownership of the bridge to the City of Moline in 1975. In 1995, the city repaired the bridge, and opened it up for pedestrian and bicycle use.

Today, nature has reclaimed Sylvan Island. It has become an ever more popular place to take a nature walk or go for a run as the quad cities continues to reclaim its riverfront area.


Sylvan Island Wagon Bridge
Sylvan Island Wagon Bridge
Sylvan Island Wagon Bridge
Sylvan Island Wagon Bridge
Sylvan Island Wagon Bridge

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