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Hell's Half Acre Bridge

Photos 

Main span

Photo taken by Dino Strunk

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BH Photo #122782

Map 

Description 

Cost $17,000

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned through truss bridge over South Fork on Former IL 48, southwest of Taylorsville
Location
Christian County, Illinois
Status
Abandoned with one pony truss span collapsed
Builder
- Central States Bridge Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
Design
One through truss, and at least 4 pony trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 101.1 ft.
Total length: 437.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Also called
Old Rt 48 Bridge
Half Acre Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.51044, -89.34852   (decimal degrees)
39°30'38" N, 89°20'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/298095/4376056 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Taylorville
Elevation
563 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
IL 011-3170 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 37168 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/1991)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 61.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1988)
75

Update Log 

  • August 10, 2013: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added year built, bulider, cost and spans
  • March 16, 2009: Updated by Curtis Lee: added coordinates and elevation
  • August 28, 2008: New photos from Dino Strunk
  • August 13, 2008: Added by Anthony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Dino Strunk
  • Curtis Lee - clee47ford [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com

Comments 

Hell's Half Acre Bridge
Posted September 26, 2015, by Randall Bingham (rbingham81 [at] gmail [dot] com)

1938 aerial photo of Hells half Acre Bridge. Photo courtesy ISGS clearing house.

Hell's Half Acre Bridge
Posted August 10, 2013, by Dino Strunk (Dino4Guitar [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here is another picture I found of this bridge from it's construction...back in 1914.

Hell's Half Acre Bridge
Posted January 12, 2013, by john (jsinnard82 [at] live [dot] com)

i live less thain a mile from it and it was cut

Hell's Half Acre Bridge
Posted June 14, 2011, by Doug Quick (dougquick [at] dougquick [dot] com)

My dad and I used to fish off the bridge in the very early 1970's. It was open to traffic(about one vehicle a day) at the time, since the route 48 bridge was located just to the south of the old single lane bridge.

It was a great place to drop a fishing line or two, with the poles leaning up against the guard rail...and sit on a comfortable lawn chair in the road way.

I visited the bridge in the 1980's with my dad and the guard rails had been removed from the side and traffic had been kept from crossing there. Even then, there were chunks of the road bed which had chipped away from the joints of each span. The far east spans, without the overhead bracing, is what has fallen, as it appears the span over the South Fork of the Sangamon River is still there.

Thanks for posting the pictures that reminded me of a great time in my past.

Hell's Half Acre Bridge
Posted February 21, 2011, by Shannon Boston (shannonboston2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

me and my 2 boys were out in that area today 2-21-11 and found the bridge. They thought it was the coolest thing to find just back in the woods. they felt like they descovered a treasure that no one else knows about Its still there

Hell's Half Acre Bridge
Posted December 6, 2008, by Dino Strunk (Guitarist4u36 [at] suddenlink [dot] net)

Here is an aerial view of this bridge's location...6 km SW of Taylorville, Illinois, United States