They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well, in the State of Iowa, there appears to be a friendly flattery competition going on between cities in the Hawkeye State to construct the most iconic foot or bicycle bridge.
It all started with the completion of the impressive Rhythm City Skybridge in Davenport in 2005. This was followed by the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge across the Missouri River between Council Bluffs and Omaha in 2008. Since then, Des Moines and Charles City followed with bridges in 2010 and Cedar Falls completed the Mayors Pedestrian Bridge in 2013. Cedar Rapids is acquiring land for a new iconic cable-stayed non-motorized bridge over the Cedar River, while West Des Moines is developing two significant bridges over the Raccoon River and Sioux City is seriously considering adding a landmark foot/bike bridge across the Missouri River to Nebraska.
Rhythm City Skybridge – Davenport (2005)
Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge – Council Bluffs, IA/Omaha, NE (2008)
Center Street Bridge – Des Moines (2010)
Cedar River Footbridge – Charles City (2010)
Mayors Pedestrian Bridge – Cedar Falls (2013)
Smokestack Bridge – Cedar Rapids (property acquisition underway – expected completion in 2025)
Raccoon River Pedestrian Bridges #1 and #2 – West Des Moines, Iowa (under development)
Proposed bridge across the Missouri River – Sioux City, IA/South Sioux City, NE (proposed $15-20 million)