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Red Bridge



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Lost pony truss bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad (formerly C&NW) on Wesley Street in Wheaton
Du Page County, Illinois
Demolished to make way for replacement bridge
Built 1926; demolished 2009
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 71.8 ft.
Total length: 74.1 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.86583, -88.11778   (decimal degrees)
41°51'57" N, 88°07'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/407233/4635483 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
IL 022-7203 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15205 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2009)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 13.7 (out of 100)
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Built 1926 (666)
Built during 1920s (9,024)
Du Page County, Illinois (32)
Illinois (3,922)
Lost (19,545)
Lost 2009 (274)
Lost during 2000s (3,785)
Owned by city (4,663)
Pony truss (15,200)
Pratt pony truss (3,232)
Pratt truss (8,159)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,111)
Structurally deficient (18,396)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,625)
Truss (29,917)

Update Log 

  • September 9, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden



Red Bridge
Posted February 23, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was possibly a relocated and rebuilt railroad bridge. Iíve been actively seeking records to confirm this.

Red Bridge
Posted February 23, 2018, by Joe (joe [at] jrowan [dot] net)

I lived in that area in the early 2000s.

The Red Bridge and the approaches were really nasty. There were these crazy inclines up to the actual bridge. The bridge itself had a rickety look and feel to it and was quite narrow. When exiting the bridge on the north side, the road took a nearly 90 degree turn on a slope. The southern side had a 'T' intersection with blind approaches.

I love old structures and all that, but this bridge was so far past its prime it was ridiculous. It's a shame they could not salvage any of it, but by the time it was replaced, it was in such bad shape that I doubt much could have been done with it.

Wesley Street Bridge
Posted November 19, 2009, by Anonymous

Bridge closed to traffic as of 11/16/2009-being replaced.