Rating:
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Hennepin Canal Lock 2 Roller Bridge

Photos 

Bridge rolled to the left into a pocket which has been filled in for the bike trail.

Photo taken by Steve Conro in January 2012

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BH Photo #224173

Map 

Description 

Roller bridge that retracted into a pocket to allow barge traffic to pass beneath. It has since been fixed in place, the pocket covered over and rails added for safety.

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer retractable roller bridge over Hennepin Canal Lock 2 on Hennpin Canal Trail
Location
Bureau Junction, Bureau County, Illinois
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built between 1892-1907
Design
Steel beams on rollers to retract bridge so barge traffic could pass under.
Dimensions
Total length: 35.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.28475, -89.36524   (decimal degrees)
41°17'05" N, 89°21'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/301931/4573066 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Depue
Inventory number
BH 51139 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 31, 2012: Added by Steve Conro

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Comments 

Hennepin Canal Lock 2 Roller Bridge
Posted January 31, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Wow, I was unaware of this retractile bridge, an excellent find! I am extremely disappointed to see they filled in the bay/pocket. It would have been nice to see the integrity of this nationally significant historic bridge maintained.