Historic Jefferson Avenue Footbridge Rehabilitation

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Springfield’s historic footbridge was closed March 1, 2016 after an inspection revealed corrosion and steel loss in the north support column. Public Works hired Great River Engineering to conduct an initial evaluation for safety. While the bridge was not in imminent danger, it was deemed in the best interest of the public to close the bridge to conduct a full evaluation and determine repair options.

About the Footbridge

The Jefferson Avenue Footbridge was built in 1902 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 562-foot-long bridge allows pedestrians to cross 13 tracks of the Burlington Northern rail yard from Chase Street to Commercial Street and has done so for 114 years.

The footbridge underwent restoration in 2002, in time for its centennial celebration. In addition to the rehabilitation work on the footbridge, a gathering place plaza was created adjacent to the bridge. The rehabilitation work was conducted in 2001 and 2002 at a cost of just over $518,000.

Join us!
City Council Workshop:
Jefferson Avenue
Footbridge Update

Wednesday, Oct. 26
6 p.m.
The Savoy Ballroom
(224 E. Commercial Street)

Join us as City Council hears a report on the findings of a recent structural evaluation completed by Great River Engineering and learns about recommendations for rehabilitating the historic bridge.  

Alternative Pedestrian Routes:

North Washington Avenue east of the footbridge and North Lyon west of the footbridge offer alternate routes for pedestrians to access the Woodland Heights neighborhood from Commercial Street. Both streets offer pedestrian tunnels under the railroad bridges that allow pedestrians to cross safely.