Type: Paved Shoulder

Length: 1 mile

Surface: Paved



Grade - Gentle Grades



This is a .3 mile connector bridge over the Mississippi between Iowa and Illinois

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The Government Bridge is both an engineering marvel and a significant part of US history. The predecessor to the present-day bridge was the first bridge built across the Mississippi River. Three iterations later, this version of the bridge was completed in 1896 under the direction of Chief Engineer Ralph Modjeski, who would go on to design other famous bridges in cities across the US. The Government Bridge spans 1,854 feet, connecting Rock Island, Illinois, to Davenport, Iowa. It’s a swing bridge with a span that can swing a full 360 degrees to allow river traffic to pass. It’s also known as the Arsenal Bridge, since it technically starts on the Rock Island Arsenal, a small island in the river which hosts a US Army facility. The US Army still owns the bridge although it is open to the public.


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This trail was last edited by bikeiowa on May 13, 2019.

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