Sergeant John F. Baker Jr. Bridge

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Sergeant John F. Baker Jr. Bridge
I-280 Bridge.jpg
I-280 Bridge from Davenport
Coordinates41°28′45″N 90°37′56″W / 41.47917°N 90.63222°W / 41.47917; -90.63222
Carries4 lanes of I-280
CrossesMississippi River
LocaleDavenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois
Official nameSergeant John F. Baker Jr. Bridge
Other name(s)I-280 Bridge
Maintained byIllinois Department of Transportation
DesignTied arch bridge
Total length4,194 feet (1,278 m)[1]
Width82 feet, 4 lanes
Longest span175 metres (574 ft)
OpenedOctober 25, 1973; 46 years ago (October 25, 1973)
ClosedMay 2, 2019; 12 months ago (May 2, 2019)
Daily traffic21,200[1]

The Sergeant John F. Baker Jr. Bridge,[2] also known as the Baker Bridge or Interstate 280 Bridge, carries Interstate 280 (I-280) across the Mississippi River between Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois, United States. The bridge opened in 1973 with a blue and yellow color scheme, thought to be unique in the state. In 2007, it was repainted all blue.[3] On July 30, 2010, the bridge was officially named the Sergeant John F. Baker Jr. Bridge.[4]

On May 2, 2019, the bridge, along with several other bridges in the Quad Cities area, were indefinitely closed to all traffic due to severe flooding of the Mississippi River and the Rock River, and a subsequent levee breach in Davenport.

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  1. ^ a b "Bridges: Iowa, Illinois order safety inspections". Quad City Times. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2007.
  2. ^ "I-280, I-480, and I-680".
  3. ^ Barb Ickes. "I-280 bridge gets the blues; so long yellow". The Quad-City Times.
  4. ^ "Special Route and Bridge Designations - Iowa Department of Transportation". Retrieved July 23, 2018.