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Gale Bridge

Photos 

Side view

Photo taken by James Baughn

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BH Photo #102089

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Sexton Creek on Old Illinois Route 3 just off New Route 3 near Gale
Location
Alexander County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1933; bypassed by new bridge in 1990; rehabilitated 2011
Design
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
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 172.2 ft.
Total length: 336.9 ft.
Deck width: 23.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.3 ft.
Recognition
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:
Thebes
Land survey
T. 15 S., R. 3 W., Sec. 4
Inventory numbers
IL 002-0009 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15013 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Alexander County, Illinois (32)
Built 1933 (588)
Built during 1930s (10,507)
Curved (358)
Have street view (21,873)
IL 3 (5)
Illinois (3,843)
NR-eligible (3,966)
Open (36,385)
Owned by state (13,566)
Pratt through truss (4,568)
Pratt truss (7,965)
Riveted (1,871)
Skewed (4,669)
Span length 125-175 feet (3,755)
Through truss (12,858)
Total length 250-500 feet (4,577)
Truss (29,371)

Update Log 

  • 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

Sources 

  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • John Christeson - panamakid_69 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

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

314.520.1182