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Cumberland Road Bridge


South side

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in September 2007


BH Photo #116538



Concrete girder bridge over Embarras River Overflow on Cumberland Road
Cumberland County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1920
- State of Illinois
Length of largest span: 41.0 ft.
Total length: 86.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.24056, -88.18139   (decimal degrees)
39°14'26" N, 88°10'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/398047/4344136 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
IL 018-0021 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 36808 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 2, 2021: New photos from Steve Conro
  • September 3, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Status
  • June 25, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge has been demolished.
  • April 10, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Categories and Overview
  • July 14, 2008: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Updated: Overview
  • July 5, 2008: Added by Robert Stephenson



Cumberland Road Bridge
Posted May 2, 2021, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Still open April 2021

Cumberland Road Bridge
Posted September 3, 2010, by Robert Stephenson (seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is still on the National road and open to traffic. You can see the new covered bridge down the road in photo #4.

Cumberland Road Bridge
Posted June 26, 2010, by David A. Shaw (scpry1 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I find it obscene to take an old historic covered bridge and BUTCHER it beyond recognition like what they did at Windsor Mills Covered Bridge in Ashtabula County, Ohio http://www.bridgehunter.com/oh/ashtabula/windsor-mills/

When I saw the pictures on a former bridge site I think it was "Disapearing Bridges" the site that showed the bridges of northwest Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio. Anyway, there were pictures of the bridge - before, during, and after the renovation. What was done to that bridge rubs me the wrong way. And pardon me for saying this, you might as well, burn the bridge down and put in a replica bridge. What was done to that bridge is now not representitive of the way the was originally built, it looks like something I'd find in an amusement park.

And another thing, I don't seeing (what I call) unnessary architectural elements added to an existing bridge that NEVER had them in the first place.

Enough of my rant.

Cumberland Road Bridge
Posted June 25, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is nothing less than obscene. A genuine historic bridge (one of the few multi-span concrete thru girders in Illinois) was demolished and replaced with a modern, non-historic covered bridge. Then, they try to claim that this modern replacement bridge is historic because it supposedly looks like some former covered bridge. If people want a modern replica covered bridge, fine. But don't destroy genuine historic bridges in the process. I am absolutely disgusted at this.

Cumberland Road Bridge
Posted June 25, 2010, by joe beavers (joebeavers89 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was so happy that I found these photos of the old bridge before it was replaced buy the covered one. Thank you Robert Stephenson. To me there seems to be a conflict of time when photos were taken. His is dated September 2007 and the covered bridge was built in 2000. Surely there must be a typo error something. Please get back to me if possible. Thank you; Joe Beavers / 837 Orchid Lane / Mountain Home, AR