|Rock Island posted|
Michael Jorgensen ballast or sand cars are common to keep spans from being washed from abutments.John Matrow And it is still there.Rick McLaughlin With no tracks on either side.Bob Blomberg LOL! They tried leaving cars on a bridge in Cedar Rapids during that big flood 8 or 9 years ago, and the water pushed the cars over, creating a dam that made the water rise faster!
Another Back Roads Photographer profile shot of the bridge has the comment:
Chris Knight It was actually in operation after Kemper Opened until Rock Island demise. The tracks were there until at least the mid 80s. I remember seeing the tracks at Kemper when I was younger. By the 90s the tracks were gone and the Bridge is now locked in the up position carrying some sort of telecommunications line across it now.