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Little Wabash River Overflow Bridge

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East end

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in September 2007

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Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Little Wabash River Overflow on Fr-2114 (Old US 50)
Location
Clay County, Illinois
Status
Closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Removal/Demolition 2010-2013
History
Built 1923
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Total length: 500.0 ft.
Deck width: 21.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.68833, -88.31160   (decimal degrees)
38°41'18" N, 88°18'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/385927/4283007 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Clay City
Inventory number
BH 41233 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Beam (7,597)
Brick railing (3)
Built 1923 (453)
Built during 1920s (7,609)
Clay County, Illinois (11)
Closed (2,162)
Doomed (982)
Have street view (15,916)
Illinois (2,713)
NR-eligible (3,812)
Owned by state (10,950)
Steel stringer (3,108)
Total length 500-1000 feet (2,022)
US 50 (78)

Update Log 

  • October 6, 2012: New photos from James Baughn
  • October 17, 2010: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
  • September 8, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Future prospects
  • March 2, 2009: Added by Robert Stephenson

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Comments 

Little Wabash River Overflow Bridge
Posted October 17, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its fascinating to see that Illinois and IDOT have so much money that they can spend money destroying heritage that isn't in the way of anything and has been left standing for many years with no problems. How wonderful it is to see tax dollars spent on things like this instead of bridge preservation, road repaving, or even other such silly things like crime prevention, etc. Why waste money on those sorts of things when we can demolish a historic bridge?

Little Wabash River Overflow Bridge
Posted October 16, 2010, by Anonymous

I am a resident of neighboring Wayne County and drove by these bridges once in awhile in my childhood. I was always fascinated by the brickwork on the guard rails. It's a real shame they want to tear them down; they don't build 'em pretty like that anymore. I'll have to make one more trip to see them one last time...