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Beardstown Bridge




Photo taken by Bill Burmaster


Street View 


Through truss bridge over the Illinois River on US 67/IL 100 at Beardstown
Cass County, Illinois, and Schuyler County, Illinois
Open to two-lane traffic
Future prospects
IDOT plans to replace this bridge with a tied-arch bridge in the next 3-5 years when funding becomes available.
Built 1955; rehabilitated 1985
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 539.9 ft.
Total length: 3,623.0 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 27.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.01474, -90.44619   (decimal degrees)
40°00'53" N, 90°26'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/717958/4432517 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
IL 009-0001 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15057 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2012)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 40.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)

Update Log 

  • May 4, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • August 25, 2009: Updated by Kim Harvey: Future Prospects
  • November 7, 2008: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • January 9, 2006: Posted photos from Bill Burmaster

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Beardstown Bridge
Posted May 6, 2011, by Al Bertram (abertram8297 [at] charter [dot] net)

In regard to the comment of making it a two-lane, versus a four-lane bridge, to save money, I believe IDOT's plan is to make US 67 a multi-lane highway between Monmouth and Alton.

Beardstown Bridge
Posted June 16, 2010, by Lyon_Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

According to IDOT Itíll cost an estimated $187 million to build the proposed tied arch bridge for US-67.


I assume the proposed bridge is 4 lane. Of course the bridge isnít currently funded, and I wonder how much cheaper it would be to build the tied-arch span as a 2-lane next to the existing bridge and keep the old bridge for the other 2 lanes of a 4-lane US-67?

Beardstown Bridge
Posted August 3, 2007, by Ryan (ryan1326 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I am not positive on this fact, but I believe the Beardstown Bridge was built by the American Bridge Company. Is this correct? Also, my mother was brought to Beardstown in 1955, by my grandfather, who was a Metallurgist and a construction worker for the Beardstown Bridge. Thanks.

Ryan F.