Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge

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Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge
Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge.jpg
Coordinates42°06′16″N 90°09′38″W / 42.10444°N 90.16056°W / 42.10444; -90.16056Coordinates: 42°06′16″N 90°09′38″W / 42.10444°N 90.16056°W / 42.10444; -90.16056
Carries2 lanes of US 52
CrossesMississippi River
LocaleSavanna, Illinois / Jackson County, near Sabula, Iowa, River Mile 537.8
Other name(s)Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Maintained byIllinois Department of Transportation
Designsteel tied-arch
Total length2,482 ft (757 m)
Width40 ft (12 m), 2 lanes
Longest span518 ft (158 m)
Clearance below65 ft (20 m)
OpenedNovember 17, 2017

The Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge is a steel tied-arch that carries U.S. Route 52 (US 52) across the Mississippi River. It connects the city of Savanna, Illinois, with the island city of Sabula, Iowa. Construction on the span began in 2016 and it opened on November 17, 2017, it was erected by Bumpy's Steel Erection of East St. Louis, Illinois and Edward Kraemer & Sons of Plain, Wisconsin.[1] The bridge replaced the Savanna–Sabula Bridge, which was located a few yards to the north.

The Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge was closed on February 27, 2018 while an adjoining causeway was replaced; the Running Slough Bridge had sunk between 1 foot (30 cm) and 5 feet (1.5 m) causing a visible change to the structure.[2] The causeway bridge was deemed unsafe until the replacement was complete; the closure necessitated a 36-mile (58 km) detour to Clinton, Iowa/Fulton, Illinois. A complimentary ferry service between Savanna and Sabula began operations on June 12; the bridge was re-opened on August 31, 2018.[3]


  1. ^ "New Savanna-Sabula Bridge". Bridgehunter.com. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  2. ^ Hartman, Phillip (February 28, 2018). "Bridge closed near Savanna; drivers asked to take 36-mile detour". SaukValley.com. Sterling, Illinois. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  3. ^ Times online staff (August 31, 2018). "Mississippi River Bridge between Savanna, Sabula to open later today". Quad-City Times. Davenport, Iowa. Retrieved 2018-08-31.

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