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Savanna-Sabula Bridge

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Dedication Plaque - Mounted on the Northeast Jersey Barrier 

Written by J.R. Manning

COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND CIVIC PRIDE
BUILT THIS BRIDGE

THE LOYALTY AND COURAGE OF THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITIES ALONG THE "SHORTENED ROUTE" WHICH HAS BEEN CREATED BY THIS RIVER CROSSING, ARE THE THINGS WHICH HAVE MADE THIS STRUCTURE POSSIBLE.

REALIZING THE NECESSITY OF PROVIDING MORE ADEQUATE TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES TO KEEP UP WITH THE EVER INCREASING DEMANDS OF TRAFFIC, AND DESIRING TO STIMULATE STILL FURTHER COMMERCIAL INTERCOURSE BETWEEN THE STATES OF IOWA AND ILLINOIS AS WELL AS AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE OF THE MOTOR TRAVELLING PUBLIC, THE CITIZENS OF OF THE COMMUNITIES ALONG THIS ROUTE HAVE BANDED TOGETHER IN A COMMON EFFORT TO TRUN THEIR DREAMS INTO A PHYSICAL REALITY.

WITH BOUNDLESS FAITH AND UNLIMITED COURAGE, THEY HAVE "CARRIED ON" THRU EVERY HAZARD, MEETING EACH REBUKE WITH RENEWED ENERGY AND INCREASED DETERMINATION TO WIN.

THE PHYSICAL RESULTS OF THEIR EFFORTS ARE BEFORE YOU IN THESE BRIDGES AND CONNECTING HIGHWAYS. THE LESS TANGIBLE RESULTS OF PROMOTING THE COMMON WELFARE CAN ONLY BE MEASURED IN THE YEARS OF SERVICE AHEAD.

TO THESE, THE COMMUNITIES ALONG THE NEW ROUTE BETWEEN CHICAGO AND CEDAR RAPIDS, WE DEDICATE THIS BRIDGE.

DATED DECEMBER 1, 1932

SAVANNA - SABULA BRIDGE COMPANY

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Overview
Continuous through truss bridge over the Mississippi River on US 52/IL 64/IA 64 at Savanna
Location
Carroll County, Illinois, and Jackson County, Iowa
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for replacement. Construction of the bridge will start in 2015. Slated for September 18, 2015 Letting. Contract No. 64G59

Cantilever bridge is available for taking for free by the IDOT but it must be relocated. Bridge will be demolished if no one takes it.

History
Built 1932; rehabilitated 1985; Scheduled for replacement beginning 2015
Builder
- Minneapolis Bridge Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Design
Continuous through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 519.9 ft.
Total length: 2,480.3 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.2 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 27, 1999
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.10417, -90.16056   (decimal degrees)
42°06'15" N, 90°09'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/734781/4665244 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Savanna
Inventory numbers
IL 008-6000 (Illinois bridge number)
IA 29940 (Iowa bridge number)
NRHP 99001033 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 15054 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2012)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 30.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
1,650

Update Log 

  • October 1, 2015: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Former toll"
  • July 27, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Add contract number and planned letting.
  • January 20, 2015: New photos from Roger Deschner
  • January 12, 2015: New photos from Jason Smith
  • January 6, 2015: Photo imported by Roger Deschner
  • March 2, 2014: New photos from James Baughn
  • February 20, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Field visit reveals this bridge is continuous (no hinges) as opposed to cantilever.
  • November 29, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden
  • February 18, 2013: Updated by Jason Smith: Added link about the bridge being given away
  • February 9, 2013: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the status of the bridge per latest article (see forum)
  • May 2, 2012: Essay added by J.R. Manning
  • December 10, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added warren to design
  • February 25, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • May 8, 2010: New photos from Quinn Phelan
  • May 4, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Added builder
  • April 20, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge info.

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Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted February 12, 2017, by Bryan (likinglifetoday [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am saddened to lose this bridge. First time I crossed it was in 1966. I was 8. We lived on the other side of Illinois and were on a family outting for the day and drove across this bridge. I got on my great grandpas lap and hung my head out the passenger window. I will never forget looking through the decking to the river below. We threw pennies out the window, into the river for luck. I didnt have any idea where we were back then, but I never forgot that bridge. Fast forward to 2002. I bought my first Harley, which I still have, and went on a ride to the river with some friends. I couldn't believe it when we turned onto this bridge. It was my long lost friend. As we rode across, I teared up with emotional memories of my first trip across that bridge. The guys thought I was nuts when I turned around and rode back over it again, then returned. I have rode out to that bridge at least once every year since, just to ride over it and remember. Goodbye old friend. You will be gone, but not forgotten......

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted October 2, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted February 3, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted July 23, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Here's some odd news:

http://wqad.com/2015/07/22/mayflies-force-shutdown-of-savann...

Snowplows in July!

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted February 2, 2015, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

Hello There, That Last comment the you Posted, I believe that also. I was just giving it some Encouragement. I believe the traffic count has Declined recently too. I also believe that right now it would be unnecessary to Build a New Bridge. Once again thank you for saying All of that, and also Once again I was just giving it some Encouragement.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted January 6, 2015, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Some bridges just need to be saved, and this is one of them. I drove across it recently. Not to give much credit to Mr. Wireman, who types much and does little, but here is a historic, monumental, unusual, beautiful, and totally adequate bridge, which should simply be left in service as is. As you can tell from the plaques, the building of this bridge was an emotional accomplishment in the area. That memory has not faded; the people of Savanna and Sabula still love their bridge.

Sure it's too narrow at 20', but that's its only real issue. It carries only very light traffic, mostly cars. US 52 and SH 64 are not principal routes; the traffic count has declined recently.

Bruce Rauner, the governor-elect of Illinois, has pledged to balance the state budget by cutting spending. Here's a big piece to cut. Write Rauner right now to say that one way to cut expenses would be to simply not build this unnecessary new bridge. I already have. Illinois has many other road projects that are much more needed and wanted.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted December 27, 2014, by James Wireman ( jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I still think that this bridge can be saved preferably as a frontage road no truck bridge. I really don't want this bridge to go anytime soon. So please don't let the private owner of this bridge decide to have it torn down.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted December 27, 2014, by James Wireman ( jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I still think that this bridge can be saved preferably as a frontage road no truck bridge. I really don't want this bridge to go anytime soon. So please don't let the private owner of this bridge decide to have it torn down.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted November 24, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The Section 106 Review for this bridge was to put it politely not really conducted in the open. I wasn't really even aware it had been conducted, and whoever allowed them to sign an MOA where the ONLY mitigation is to take photos and write a narrative about the bridge has no idea about what the intent of Section 106 is. That a bridge of this size and significance can be demolished and taking a few photos and writing an essay about it can be claimed to mitigate adverse effect is ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted November 24, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

It's confirmed: The bridge will NOT be in its rightful place once the replacement span opens in 2017. Despite opposition from locals, both DOTs want the bridge gone because of navigational purposes. Link: http://www.saukvalley.com/2014/11/23/new-structure-in-place-...

I wonder if there is a legal way to force them to concede and reconsider their decision. I'm sure there is a way but it will take twice as many people and three times as much financial means and measures to do that.....

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted November 23, 2014, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

Please do not let it go! Save it; save it; Save it please. I still want this bridge to be saved Preferably as a frontage road Bridge. I am still Interested in saving this Bridge. I don't want this bridge to go anytime so soon. I will keep on fighting for to have this bridge saved until the END. I still think that this bridge can still be reused as a No Truck Frontage Rd. Bridge Because It really doesn't get all that much traffic. It did not get anywhere near as much traffic as the old Macarther bridge that used to be in Burlington before they replaced it.I don't even believe that this bridge even needs to be replaced at all.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted November 18, 2014, by Idina Menzel

Let it go! LET IT GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted November 18, 2014, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I still want this Bridge to be Saved Preferably as a No Truck Frontage Rd. Bridge. I do not want this bridge to be Demolished so soon. I am still interested in Having this bridge saved. I'm begging them to not Demolish this Bridge. Please do not Let them Remove this Bridge. I know this bridge Can be saved. I like this bridge so much so please I want this bridge saved Preferably as a No Truck Frontage Rd. Bridge.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted November 18, 2014, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I still want this Bridge to be Saved Preferably as a No Truck Frontage Rd. Bridge. I do not want this bridge to be Demolished so soon. I am still interested in Having this bridge saved. I'm begging them to not Demolish this Bridge. Please do not Let them Remove this Bridge. I know this bridge Can be saved. I like this bridge so much so please I want this bridge saved Preferably as a No Truck Frontage Rd. Bridge.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted October 25, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

James,

Step up and take the lead, its doable. You are saying 'someone ought to'; that someone is you.

The bridge's preservation is on your shoulders.

Good luck, I really hope you succeed!

Art S.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted October 25, 2014, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

Hello Again, I am still Begging you To Not Tear this Bridge down Even When the New Bridge is in Place. I know it can be saved for Preferably a Frontage Rd. Bridge. I know its Days a not Quite numbered yet. I know that bridge can be Kept for at least another 10 or 15 Years or Maybe even Another 20 Years. I don't want this Bridge to Go so soon. I want to still be able to go across it Be cause I love that bridge so much. So please don't let this bridge go, I mean please don't Let them tear this Bridge down. I know this bridge can be saved for either A Frontage Rd. Bridge or even a Pedestrian bridge. I just don't want there to be another Historic Bridge wasted. It doesn't Get anywhere near as much traffic as the old Macarther bridge that used to be on the Mississippi River in Burlington, IA did. It was also a bigger Federal Hwy. too. U.S. 52 isn't As big of a US Hwy. as U.S. 34. so I know this Bridge can still be Saved Preferably as a Frontage RD. Bridge.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted August 18, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

OK,

I've been keeping mum about this desparate attempt to bring this bridge to the attention of others without taking any action to do something about this. But now it's my turn to spill it:

If you really want to have a bridge like this saved, you need to have an organization formed with a structure and plan on how to save the bridge. Kicking and screaming about it being demoed is not going to do. Sorry Wireman, you need to do much better than this. Look at all the organizations and movements that were created to save several historic bridges, including the Riverside Bridge in Missouri. They were well-structured, had an agenda and kept up with the political machines, while informing the public through facebook and other media. And they won. The bridges are still there, preserved for future generations. If you want to save the Sab-Sav Bridge, you need to start this movement NOW! I can help with the media aspect if needed, but kicking and screaming about it like a baby has no place in this day and age. So grow up and do something constructive for once, and save some bridges, for C's sake!!!!

My two cents on this topic!

JS

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted August 17, 2014, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I still Believe this Bridge can still Be Saved Preferably as a No Truck Frontage Road Bridge. Please do not let the Owner of this Bridge Have this bridge torn down. I am beggin them not to have this bridge Torn down even after the New Bridge is in Place. I know that there just might be a way to save this bridge Preferably as a No Truck Frontage/Back Road Bridge for like I'm talking another 10 or 15 Yrs. I know this bridge Can be saved somehow. I still Want this bridge saved. I going to keep fighting for that until the end. Please at least try to save this bridge, preferably as a No Truck Frontage/Back Rd. Bridge. I do not want this bridge to Go anytime soon.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted August 7, 2014, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I still Think that this Bridge Can be saved Preferably as a

No truck Frontage Rd. Bridge. I really do not want this bridge to go anytime soon. I think it could stay up and running for another 10 or 15 Yrs. even after the New Bridge is In place. Please don't Let Them Demolish this Bridge. So I think this bridge can still be saved Preferably as a no truck Frontage Rd. Bridge for a back road.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted June 27, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nice bridge. However, a frontage road is impractical due to the maintenance costs of the bridge. How big is the group that wants the bridge maintained? If the group can convince the state that it can remain at its current location, who will maintain it? Who will accept liability? Why would they? If whomever wants the bridge saved can answer these questions, then they have a chance at saving it.

By the way, what is the load limit? If its high, maybe it could replace the Pond Eddy bridge across the Delaware!

Regards,

Art S.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted June 26, 2014, by Anonymous

This bridge still looks okay enough to be Repaired to be saved. Please don't let them Tear this bridge Down. This bridge still looks too Fine for that. This bridge still looks fine.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted June 26, 2014, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I still Think that This Bridge can Be Saved as Preferably as a No Truck Frontage Rd. Bridge. Please I don't want this bridge to go so soon. I would Like for this bridge to stay up and running for at least until somewhere in the year 2025 or even until the year 2030. Please don't tear this Pretty cool looking bridge down. I'm Going to keep on Fighting to save this bridge until the end. I do not want this bridge to go so soon. Please don't let them Have this bridge torn down.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted June 21, 2014, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

Hi there again, I still would like to have this bridge saved preferably as a no truck frontage rd. bridge and I would for it to be able to gain ground someday and I know that there is still hope for that and please don't think that there is not. Think positive because I do not want this bridge to go so soon. Please do not let them Demolish this bridge.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted January 30, 2014, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I would still like to save this bridge, Preferably as a frontage Road bridge for a little Back Road with a 3 ton weight limit which also means put a No Trucks sign on both ends of the Bridge especially If the owner of this bridge wants to still do enough repairs to reuse as a frontage Rd. Bridge. All I'm trying to say is Make it a No Trucks allowed Bridge.Please Keep it up and running for like another 10 or 15 Years. Also just don't allow anything Bigger than a Full size Van and a full size pick up truck to use this Bridge. I think that would be a great way to go.

I think that would make this bridge Last even longer.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted January 2, 2014, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

When I said to be reused as a frontage Rd. I've met To keep it open to Traffic with a 10 Ton Weight Limit and A 20 MPH SPEED LIMIT.I think that would be a perfect Idea. I think that this perfect Idea would make this bridge Last like another 10 or 15 years.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted December 28, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

Please at least use this bridge as a FRONTAGE RD. Bridge for like a back Road. I know it looks good enough for that.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted December 28, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

Please don't replace this Bridge until at Least 2025. This Bridge still looks in pretty good condition. This bridge does not need to be replaced anytime soon. I'm Begging you the owner of this bridge to not replace it in 2015 wait for another 10 years or so after that like 2025, 2030, of anywhere in between any of those years. I am so against having this bridge Replaced anytime soon. Please do not replace this bridge at least until 2025. I want the owner to keep this bridge up at least until 2025. This is my Debate. I'm Debating on the people to keep maintaining this bridge at least until 2025. This is one of my Faverate Bridges. It Makes a really great sound going across it. the way I see it this bridge Is still good enough to stay open to traffic for another 10 to 15 years. This is my Debate.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted December 28, 2013, by Anonymous

I was Thinking More for this Bridge To be Reused as a FRONTAGE RD. Bridge. This bridge still looks Pretty doggone good Condition. I was also trying to say Please reschedule the replacement to either 2025, 2030, or Anywhere In Between those 2 Years. Because this Bridge still looks OKAY. This Bridge might just need some Repairs on the steel OPEN GRATE DECK. It just had some repairs on the IOWA Approaches like only 2 years ago. So this bridge does not need to be replaced anytime soon.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted December 19, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

When Said to save it, I was thinking more of a FRONTAGE ROAD Bridge for like a Back road If you cannot do that, Pedestrians would be OK too. But Prefer it to be reused as a Frontage Rd bridge, that is just my Preference

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted December 9, 2013, by Victor (vlbrunton [at] juno [dot] com)

Idea for saving the Savanna Sabula Bridge:

Use as hike/bike trail over the Mississippi, perhaps with interpretive parks on one or both sides of the bridge. (East side would probably be the most difficult with lack of space between the bridge, highway, and bluffs - but worth investigating)

Precedent: The Navajo Bridge in northern Arizona. A new bridge was built adjacent to the old bridge, but rather than remove the old bridge, it was left in place as a walk path across that part of the canyon.

Surely, it is unrealistic to expect this bridge to be moved. Why not recycle in place as a hiking/biking path?

Other notes: Check out Keithsburg Bridge - a railroad bridge that was abandoned, then vandalized, yet remains in place over the Mississippi. Where is it said that old bridges must come down simply because they have been replaced?

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted December 7, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Why don't you start a facebook campaign saving this bridge and getting as much media coverage as possible. This worked wonders regarding saving the Riverside Bridge in MO and has been working well so far on the 5th Street Pedestrian Bridge in Des Moines. If you don't start any measure to force IDOT to reconsider, all will be lost.

JS

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted December 7, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Workin' Bridges can help this. Give me a call. Will be back in Iowa with the crew this week. Just leaving Alabama where we are working to preserve the Comer Bridge.

If you want to. We help those that really have a need And who want experience on their side. I've driven that bridge and I love the Mississippi.

Julie

641.260.1262

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted December 6, 2013, by Victor (vlbrunton [at] juno [dot] com)

Regarding: Saving the Savanna-Sabula Bridge

1. Who reads this blog? Is this the correct forum to address this concern?

2. Have read the "giving the bridge away for free" article. Apparently, the bridge's historic significance requires IDOT to make the offer - which surely will have no takers. How to move the bridge, let alone, where to put it such that it resembles what it once was, offering only the amount of money that IDOT would need to demolish the bridge - this has got to be a joke!

3. Possible alternate offer: Make the current bridge a "park" and/or hiking trail across the Mississippi.

The Savanna Sabula Bridge was the very first I ever saw of the Mississippi River. It is a magnificent structure, though its roadway narrow and belonging to another era. Still, the structure is worthy of saving!

If Illinois could make a state park/trail out of the Illinois and Mississippi (Hennepin) Canal, why not the Savanna Sabula Bridge?

Who would be the correct people to direct this comment to?

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted November 19, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

Hello, I am Still Trying to Convince the People That Are planning on Replacing this Bridge to please Reschedule the Replacement to at least summer of 2025 and if at all Possible please Reschedule The replacement to summer 2030. Not 2015 because I know this Bridge is in somewhat too good of shape to be replaced anywhere near that soon. This Bridge Doesn't get as much Traffic as the Old Macarther Bridge in Burlington, IOWA got, not even close; So I Know this bridge does not Need to be replaced any where near that soon. I am asking those People to Please save this Bridge. I'm so against having this Bridge Being replaced anywhere near that soon. This bridge is in too good of shape for that. This bridge does not need to be replaced anytime soon. Please save this bridge!

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted November 19, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

Hello, I am Still Trying to Convince the People That Are planning on Replacing this Bridge to please Reschedule the Replacement to at least summer of 2025 and if at all Possible please Reschedule The replacement to summer 2030. Not 2015 because I know this Bridge is in somewhat too good of shape to be replaced anywhere near that soon. This Bridge Doesn't get as much Traffic as the Old Macarther Bridge in Burlington, IOWA got, not even close; So I Know this bridge does not Need to be replaced any where near that soon. I am asking those People to Please save this Bridge. I'm so against having this Bridge Being replaced anywhere near that soon. This bridge is in too good of shape for that. This bridge does not need to be replaced anytime soon. Please save this bridge!

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted August 21, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I did a field visit to this bridge a couple weeks ago and walked the entire through truss section. The paint system is currently in excellent condition and the deck appears to be in good condition. Many who visit this bridge probably think it is preserved and not at risk for demolition, given its appearance. The only problems I noted on the bridge was some isolated areas of section loss around the gusset plates. This section loss occurred prior to the most recent painting project, so the current paint coat on the bridge has arrested the section loss. The only work I would recommend would be to pad weld some of this section loss. The bridge is narrow, but during my visit, it didn't seem to be that busy of a bridge.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted August 21, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I think the Scheduling for Replacement can Be held off at least until Spring of 2025. Hold it off until 2030 if you can but otherwise spring of 2025. This bridge is still in Pretty Doggon good condition. I'm not actually worried about a paint job. It primarily just needs some Repairs. I really doesn't get all that much traffic. Does not get anywhere near as much traffic as the Old Macarther bridge in Burlington, IOWA did. That's my Debate.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted August 18, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I'm so Against them even Planning on Replacing this bridge anytime soon

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted August 18, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I'm so Against them even Planning on Replacing this bridge anytime soon

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted August 18, 2013, by Anonymous

Once again Save This Bridge Please

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted August 18, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

The only other thing it needs other then some repairs is a paint job

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted August 18, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

This Bridge looks in much too good of shape to be Replaced and torn down.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted August 18, 2013, by Anonymous

I'm So Against them Replacing this Bridge anywhere Near that soon!

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted August 18, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

No Replacement until 2030!

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted August 18, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

Save This Bridge Please!

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted August 16, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I don't think that this bridge needs replaced anywhere near that soon. This bridge still looks pretty good. It might need @ least some Repairs. I thing that they should push the scheduling for replacement to the spring or summer of 2030. Abera Cadabera Save this bridge please! They can start the replacement bridge in spring of 2030.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted February 12, 2013, by Anonymous

"Sure we'd love this beautiful historic bridge maintained--by someone else!" IDiOTs.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted February 9, 2013, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

The 30 day removal requirement is patently absurd for a bridge of this size. I seriously doubt IDOT could find a contractor to completely remove a Mississippi River bridge in less than 30 days, even if price were no object, so what hope does anybody else have?

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted February 9, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What a load of crap, maintain forever. I actually think it is five years, and then they make up new rules about inspections and maintenance costing a fortune.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted February 9, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Too bad IDOT (or IDiOT as Kim calls them) doesn't take this "maintain forever" stance on their historic bridges! Pretty stinking hilarious that they want someone else to!

Practice what you preach guys!!!

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted February 9, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

This bridge is up for the taking by IDOT, for FREE! BUT, there is one catch- see article below:

http://qctimes.com/news/local/historic-sabula-savanna-bridge...

Any takers for the bridge?

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted July 4, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

IDOT now has a project website for this bridge: http://www.dot.state.il.us/us52il64/overview.html

Although and environmental assessment is now mentioned, I still see no evidence of Section 106 being conducted yet.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted March 29, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

IDOT is now filing for an environmental survey for the replacement project. Proposed project described as "Complete replacement of the structure (SN 008-6000) bridge on a new roadway alignment to carry US 52/IL 64 over the Mississippi River at Savanna. Culvert replacement and geometric improvements to IL 84 from Savanna to entrance to Palisades State Park" This should begin the process which will trigger Section 106.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted February 25, 2011, by Kim Harvey

That's IDiOT for you.

Savanna-Sabula Bridge
Posted February 25, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

DOT Officials recently discovered a historic cantilever truss bridge in the Mississippi River Watershed that they do not have demolition plans for. They are acting swiftly to correct this. Although the project has not yet been mentioned in any local news articles, I have learned that IDOT District 2 plans to give a presentation describing a "Savanna-Sabula Bridge Replacement"... even though Section 106 has NOT yet been conducted and as such they have no legal right to claim that replacement is the feasible and prudent option.