Benton Street Bridge

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Benton Street Bridge
Crosses Iowa River
Locale Iowa City, Iowa
Designer Edward L. Ashton
Construction end 1949
Closed 1989 (demolished)

Benton Street Bridge was a historically important bridge designed by Edward L. Ashton. It crossed the Iowa River in Iowa City.[1] In 1989 it was demolished and replaced with a modern highway bridge. A historical marker nearby describes the old bridge.

Ned Ashton has been called "the most distinguished bridge engineer in the history of Iowa and was a professor of civil engineering at the University of Iowa from 1943 to 1957. He designed several bridges over the Mississippi River, and was a pioneer in the design of welded plate girder bridges.[2][3]


  1. ^ Historic American Engineering Record HAER IOWA,52-IOWCI,4-,
  2. ^ Benton Street Bridge, Historic American Engineering Record, Library of Congress.
  3. ^ Edward L. Ashton, inducted into the University of Iowa Legacy of Engineering, 2007.

Coordinates: 41°39′2.32″N 91°32′20.47″W / 41.6506444°N 91.5390194°W / 41.6506444; -91.5390194