Sioux City's Grand Avenue Viaduct, 1936-2010

(2010) Sioux City's Grand Avenue Viaduct, 1936-2010. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

For almost 75 years, the Grand Avenue Viaduct (known today as the Gordon Drive Viaduct) has been a familiar feature of Sioux City's urban landscape. With the exception of bridges over the Mississippi River, the Grand Avenue Viaduct is Iowa's longest grade separation as well as its longest bridge. For nearly a mile, from the eastern suburbs west to the central business district, the viaduct carries Gordon Drive and the city route of U.S. 20 over the Floyd River valley, which includes the remnants of the city's famed stockyards and the South Bottoms neighborhood, as well as a maze of railroad tracks and the present channel of the Floyd River. Constructed in 1937 and known simply as "The Viaduct" to local residents, the massive structure is as fundamental to Sioux City as were its stockyards just a few decades ago.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Sioux City, Iowa; Historic Bridges; Viaducts; Bridges;
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Social impacts
Transportation > Bridges and tunnels
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > History
ID Code: 18913
Deposited By: Leighton Christiansen
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2015 13:08
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2015 13:08
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/18913