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Joe Page Bridge

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Driving across

Photo taken by Bill Burmaster

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Description 

Dedicated on July 23, 1931, the bridge is named after Joseph M. Page (1845-1938). Page served in the Union Army during the Civil War and settled in Jerseyville after that conflict. Joe Page was involved in politics and served five times as Mayor of Jerseyville. Besides being responsible for the construction of the bridge that is named in his honor, he was instrumental in the creation of Pere Marquette State Park, in the establishing the area's water and electric light plants, and in bringing telephone service into Jerseyville. (source GreatRiverRoad.com)

Facts 

Overview
Vertical-lift bridge over the Illinois River on IL 100 at Hardin
Location
Hardin, Calhoun County, Illinois, and Greene County, Illinois
Status
Open to two-lane traffic
History
Built 1930; rehabilitated 1983 & again in 2004
Design
Vertical lift Parker through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 310.9 ft.
Total length: 2,149.3 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Hardin Lift Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.16036, -90.61364   (decimal degrees)
39°09'37" N, 90°36'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/706183/4337285 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hardin
Inventory numbers
IL 031-0001 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15043 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2012)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 13.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
2,700

Update Log 

  • February 27, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • December 1, 2013: Photos imported by David Walker
  • August 24, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Changed name and added history,
  • January 1, 2010: New photos from Joe Virruso
  • November 14, 2008: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • January 9, 2006: Posted photos from Bill Burmaster

Sources 

  • Bill Burmaster
  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com
  • Joe Virruso - virrusofamily [at] att [dot] net
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net

Comments 

Joe Page Bridge
Posted August 6, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

Joe Page Bridge drawing.

Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.

Hardin Bridge
Posted March 12, 2011, by Gene Smania

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.

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Hardin Bridge (Joe Page Bridge)
Posted March 5, 2010, by Brent Freesmeyer (bcfreesmeyer [at] msn [dot] com)

Here are some photos photos of the bridge with the main span lifted.

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Hardin Bridge
Posted July 16, 2008, by Todd (hippiewalk [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is a good example of keeping a historic bridge rather than replacing it with the dreaded UCEB....

Hardin Bridge
Posted November 19, 2006, by John Huebner (johnhuebner [at] charter [dot] net)

This bridge was reworked in the recent past (2005?). Fully sandblasted, repainted. road surface replaced, guard rails replaced, looks fantastic.