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Airtight Bridge

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Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in September 2007

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BH Photo #115510

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Embarras River on TR 275, northeast of Charleston, 3 mi. northwest of Ashmore
Location
Coles County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1914 by the Decatur Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 2010
Builders
- Claude L. James
- Decatur Bridge Co. of Decatur, Illinois
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 139.7 ft.
Total length: 189.5 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.2 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 30, 1981
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.55504, -88.08948   (decimal degrees)
39°33'18" N, 88°05'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/406400/4378939 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ashmore
Inventory numbers
IL 015-3165 (Illinois bridge number)
NRHP 81000211 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 15081 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2013)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 17.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
50

Update Log 

  • August 4, 2016: New photos from David Huffman
  • July 24, 2016: New photos from David Huffman
  • February 1, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added architect.
  • April 30, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Future Prospects
  • April 17, 2010: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • March 13, 2010: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • February 9, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Status
  • October 16, 2008: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Changed GPS coordinates
  • June 22, 2008: Despite what Google shows, the actual name is Airtight Bridge
  • June 20, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson: Corrected name from "Airtight" to "Airfight"
  • June 20, 2008: New photo from Robert Stephenson

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Comments 

Airtight Bridge
Posted March 4, 2017, by David Huffman (davhuffm [at] mindspring [dot] com)

The infamous unsolved murder at this bridge may have been solved.

I was ten when the woman's body was discovered and living in nearby Charleston.

http://jg-tc.com/news/local/arrest-announced-in-airtight-bri...

Airtight Bridge
Posted March 14, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Glad to see the old girl getting some love. Hopefully a new paint job is in the works as well.

Airtight Bridge
Posted March 2, 2010, by Robert Stephenson (seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Airtight Bridge to go retro with wood deck

http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=doc&p_...

Airfight Bridge
Posted June 20, 2008, by Robert Stephenson (seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Google map does have the road named wrong, also The Airtight bridge was added to the National Register of Historical places in 1981.

http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/IL/Coles/sta...

Airtight Bridge
Posted June 20, 2008, by CJ (susorcar [at] yahoo [dot] com)

From the Google map, looks like the name of the road is "Airfight", not Airtight. Just thought I'd mention it.