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Gale Bridge


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Photo taken by James Baughn

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Through truss bridge over Sexton Creek on Old Illinois Route 3 just off New Route 3 near Gale
Alexander County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1933; bypassed by new bridge in 1990; rehabilitated 2011
From north to south:
One riveted, 5-panel Pratt pony truss
One riveted, 9-panel Pratt through truss
One riveted, 6-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 172.2 ft.
Total length: 336.9 ft.
Deck width: 23.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.3 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.24786, -89.44835   (decimal degrees)
37°14'52" N, 89°26'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/282847/4125178 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 15 S., R. 3 W., Sec. 4
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IL 002-0009 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15013 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.7 (out of 100)
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Alexander County, Illinois (32)
Built 1933 (659)
Built during 1930s (11,949)
Curved (479)
Have street view (27,839)
IL 3 (5)
Illinois (4,826)
NR-eligible (4,064)
Open (40,324)
Owned by state (16,265)
Pratt through truss (5,715)
Pratt truss (9,795)
Riveted (2,254)
Skewed (4,970)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,319)
Through truss (15,893)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,371)
Truss (34,153)

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2021: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • March 13, 2021: New photos from James McCray
  • March 21, 2020: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • March 10, 2017: New photo from John Christeson
  • August 20, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • May 23, 2011: New photo from James Baughn
  • July 6, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is to be (or is being) rehabilitated.
  • April 3, 2005: Posted all new photos


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  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


Gale Bridge
Posted September 17, 2006, by Robert Boettcher (robertboettcher [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I remember going across that Bridge,

almost every schoolday.

Our Bus, every morning, and afternoon,

went over that Bridge to pick-up,

or let-off, my many, old, school-friends

that went to McClure, Elem., and Shawnee Jr.,Sr.High.

It's still there.

I have just come from there.

It is still in use, yet very rusty.

I used to play pool

with the locals, and school-mates,

at the still remaining "Goods" store.

It wasn't open, and, to be honest,

it looked like it was/has been long shuttered.

Maybe I'm wrong.

Because I know, I saw,

that there are still people

living nearby in the few old houses

that still stand in that very old area.

Sincerely, Robert Boettcher