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Ficklin Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Stephenson


BH Photo #131989



Lost through truss bridge over Kaskaskia River on TR 56, .8 mi. northwest of Ficklin
Douglas County, Illinois
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1913
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 101.0 ft.
Total length: 103.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Also called
Kaskaskia River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.80639, -88.36861   (decimal degrees)
39°48'23" N, 88°22'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/382844/4407164 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2002)
Inventory numbers
IL 021-4012 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15200 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 13, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status per forum post
  • July 18, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is either doomed or demolished.
  • May 15, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Changed name



Ficklin Bridge
Posted January 13, 2013, by aaron holt

This bridge is now gone too.

Ficklin Bridge
Posted March 1, 2012, by Aaron Holt

This bridge is now closed to traffic. I havent seen any equipment headed towards it yet so i assume its still standing but probably not for long.

Ficklin Bridge
Posted July 18, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

From the IDOT June 17, 2001 Letting:

Project consists of the removal of the existing single span truss bridge on closed abutments and construction of a 159' 6" long, 27' wide three span precast, prestressed concrete deck beam bridge (21" depth) on spill thru abutments and pile bent piers, aggregate approach and all other incidental items to complete the work on TR 56, 0.8 mile northwest of Fricklin over the Kaskaskia River; includes 392 units tree removal; 1,393 cu yds earth and channel excavation; 2,346 cu yds furnished excavation; 98 lbs temporary erosion control seeding; 1,522 ft perimeter erosion barrier; 722 tons aggregate base course; removal of existing structures; 4,266 sq ft precast, prestressed concrete deck beams (21" depth); 5,560 lbs reinforcement bars; 699 ft furnishing and driving steel piles; 110 ft pipe culverts; 377 tons stone riprap; traffic control and protection; Federally funded;