Joe Page Bridge drawing.
Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.
This is a Strauss Vertical lift span structure. The photos were taken by Art Kistler, an employee of IDOT, in 1931. Electric motors provided the power to lift the span and a gas motor was used as a backup source of power. The original operator's house was located in the truss work above the lift span. During the rebuilding ca. 2003 it was relocated to the west span.
This bridge is a good example of keeping a historic bridge rather than replacing it with the dreaded UCEB....
This bridge was reworked in the recent past (2005?). Fully sandblasted, repainted. road surface replaced, guard rails replaced, looks fantastic.