CIC Iowa River Bridge (North)

Deck Girder Bridge over Iowa River
Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa

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Name CIC Iowa River Bridge (North)
Built By Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Railway
Contractor American Bridge Company of New York
Currently Owned By Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Railway
Length 310 Feet Total, 75 Foot Largest Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 15 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Deck Plate Girder
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1903
Traffic Count 2 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date September 2017
In the summer of 1903, construction began on the Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Railway between the two points in the name.
With the line officially opening in 1904, it became critical for passenger service. Freight service was also major.
With the railroad finding a major success, they completed lines to Mount Vernon and Lisbon in 1914.

The line to Mount Vernon and Lisbon was abandoned in 1928 due to a lack of success. It was clear the railroad found success between the two namesake cities, but branch lines would fail.
In 1953 passenger service was discontinued.
With the railroad still going strong in 1980, they acquired former Milwaukee Road tracks through Amana, and the former Rock Island from Iowa City to Hills.

By 1984, the CRandIC invested in the former Rock Island Mainline, now Iowa Interstate.
Today, the railroad is going strong and is one of the top short lines in the Nation. In the past years, them bridge over the Cedar River at Cedar Rapids was replaced, same with the Clear Creek Bridge in Coralville due to the massive flood of 2008, which nearly devastated the railroad.
Today, the railroad operates 60 miles of main track and 40 of industry track.

Crossing the Iowa River in Iowa City, this deck girder bridge sits near the University of Iowa campus.
Consisting of four spans, the bridge rests on concrete substructures. The bridge was built in 1903.
Since being built, the bridge has had little alterations. A plaque is hidden underneath a conduit pipe on the north face.
Overall, the bridge remains in good condition.

The author has ranked the bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview from Iowa Street. The bridge can be accessed from the UofI campus.

Iowa River Railroad Bridges
Upstream CIC Coralville Reservoir Bridge
Downstream IAIS Iowa River Bridge


Source Type


Build Date American Bridge Company plaque
Control American Bridge Company plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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