Savanna-Sabula Bridge
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Savanna-Sabula Bridge
May 2004
Carries2 lanes of
CrossesMississippi River
LocaleSavanna, Illinois, and Jackson County near Sabula, Iowa,
River Mile 537.8
Maintained byIDOT
ID numberNBI 000000000029940
DesignSteel truss bridge
Total length2,482 ft (757 m)
Width20 ft (6.1 m), 2 lanes
Longest span520 ft (160 m)
Clearance above17.1 ft (5.2 m)
Clearance below51 ft (16 m)
OpenedDecember 31, 1932 (December 31, 1932)
ClosedNovember 17, 2017 (November 17, 2017) (demolished March 9, 2018)
Daily traffic2,170 (2015)[1]
Savanna-Sabula Bridge
MPSHighway Bridges of Iowa MPS
NRHP reference No.99001033[2]
Added to NRHPAugust 27, 1999

The Savanna-Sabula Bridge was a truss bridge and causeway crossing the Mississippi River that connected the city of Savanna, Illinois, with the island city of Sabula, Iowa. The bridge was put out of service on November 17, 2017, when its replacement, which lies a few dozen feet downstream, opened as the Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge.[3] The bridge carried U.S. Route 52 over the river. It was also the terminus of both Iowa Highway 64 and Illinois Route 64. The bridge carried an average of 2,170 vehicles daily as of 2015, with 6% of that being truck traffic.[1]

The bridge was demolished on March 9, 2018[4]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.[2]

Replacement bridge

Construction of an $80.6 million[5] replacement for the 1932 Savanna-Sabula Bridge was finished and opened to traffic on November 17, 2017, while the old bridge was subsequently demolished.[6] The Illinois House of Representatives unanimously named this new structure the Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge in honor of Dale Gardner, a Savanna born NASA astronaut.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b Baughn, James. "US 52 & IA 64 over Mississippi River, Jackson County, Iowa". Retrieved 2018.[self-published source]
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "New Savanna-Sabula Bridge Opens". The Quad-City Times. November 17, 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Sorensen, Eric (March 9, 2018). "It's Implosion Day for the Savanna-Sabula Bridge". Moline, IL: WQAD-TV. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "US 52-IL 64 Over the Mississippi River". Illniois Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Myles, Terrace (November 17, 2017). "A New Bridge for Sabula-Savanna Residents, Marks the Beginning of a New Era". Davenport, IA: KWQC-TV. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "State Approves Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge". Carroll County Mirror-Democrat. June 2, 2017. Retrieved 2018.

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