CIC Clear Creek Bridge (New)

I-Beam Bridge over Clear Creek
Coralville, Johnson County, Iowa

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Name CIC Clear Creek Bridge (New)
Built By Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Railway
Length 275 Feet Total, 55 Foot Largest Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 25 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type I-Beam
Substructure Type Steel Pile
Date Built 2013
Traffic Count 2 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
CIC Bridge Number Unknown
Significance No Significance
Documentation Date August 2013
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 Clear Creek in Coralville, this bridge was built in 2013 to replace an older bridge.
Consisting of 6 spans of I-Beam, the bridge cost $37 Million to construct. It was built in
The old bridge was replaced due to a major flood on Clear Creek in 2008. This flood destroyed a lot near the bridge, and the bridge was a major cause of flooding.
In response to the 2008 flood, many agencies worked together to build a new bridge that is about 10 feet higher than the old one.
Overall, the bridge remains in mint condition, having opened at the end of 2013. The substructures of the bridge are typical metal pile bents.

The author has ranked this bridge as having no significance, due to the common design and new age.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Build Date Construction Documentation
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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