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Sugar Creek Bridge

Photos 

East end

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in June 2008

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BH Photo #115760

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Sugar Creek on Sbi-163
Location
Crawford County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1937
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 67.9 ft.
Total length: 176.8 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Also called
Bridge to Nowhere
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.00444, -87.59778   (decimal degrees)
39°00'16" N, 87°35'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/448240/4317439 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Merom
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
25
Inventory numbers
IL 017-0021 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 36725 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 62.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Categories 

Beam (14,377)
Built 1937 (764)
Built during 1930s (11,244)
Crawford County, Illinois (37)
Illinois (4,470)
Open (38,216)
Owned by state (15,131)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,602)
Steel stringer (5,619)
Total length 175-250 feet (4,060)

Update Log 

  • June 22, 2008: Added by Robert Stephenson

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Comments 

Sugar Creek Bridge
Posted June 28, 2009, by Robert Stephenson (seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Sugar Creek Bridge
Posted June 28, 2009, by Glen Brannon (hoosierky [at] att [dot] net)

While being named "Bridge to Nowhere", it was actually built in advance of the Wabash River bridge that was being planned at Merom, IN. This is my understanding from my grandfather, who helped build this bridge.

It is very still used and very solid to this day. It also has a name plate on the wall of it.