Bridge being bypassed. http://www.mycarrollcountynews.com/news/article_a4559694-bc3...
A more recent article. http://www.wspynews.com/news/local/millbrook-bridge-demoliti...
This Bridge is now open for private road to landowner. after going to court since Seot. 2015. Township and landowner have spent tens of thousands of dollars due to landowner needing it kept open for best way to hard road near their home. Homeowner was not notified of the bridge closing until two weeks prior to its closing.Now,Hunt - Lima drainage district is appealing the decision wanting it to be closed again and possibly removed.Spending more unnecessary taxpayer money for this. Landowner now has to keep a gate at each end of closed road to keep people from using the road and bridge.There is a bridge next door that is now a private road and bridge. This is all un called for. People of the Lima township and drainage districts need to know this after all it is their taxpayer dollars being used for this due to the egos of the road commissioner and drainage members.
This bridge is now open to the public for pedestrian and bicycle use only.
This bridge is now open to the public for pedestrian and bicycle use only.
Picture is not the Illinois Terminal bridge over Cahokia Creek/Wabash RR. It is a picture of a bridge located a little further south that crossed a creek and the original steam powered Illinois Terminal RR. Was originally the Allen electric line, built by the Alton, Granite & St Louis Electric line. Notice the bridge in the picture is a electric line bridge. This line was taken over by the East St. Louis & Suburban Electric line, reorganized as the St. Louis & Alton Electric line, and later taken over by the Illinois Traction System in the late 1920's. The Illinois Traction System, which took over the steam powered IT, reorganized, and adopted the Illinois Terminal name, abandoned this line and bridge in the early 1930's. On the attached map, taken from a 1932 USGS Edwardsville Topo map, this electric line bridge would be in the lower box where the St. Louis & Alton Electric line is shown crossing the steam powered Illinois Terminal RR. The Illinois Terminal bridge crossing Cahokia Creek/Wabash RR would be in the upper box near Bluff Junction.
Just stumbled upon this one. It appears the plaque in Picture #10 would indicate this was a former railroad span. The Chicago & North Western was known to reuse these Lattice Pony Trusses as overhead bridges. The outriggers were commonly added after reconstruction. Oftentimes, the original construction was done in the early to mid 1880s, and the reconstruction done between 1895 and 1915, when the mainlines were reconstructed. Some similar bridges, in original configuration is below:
It looks like this bridge could possibly have outriggers recycled from heel bracing from a through truss. Is this possible? Certainly can see why the Chicago & North Western was known as the "Cheap & Nothing Wasted".
This bridge has been reopened.
That's an AWESOME way to preserve that bridge! Looks like it was almost gone.
Was not able to catch this bridge wile in the area 8-18-18, but my wife's cousin from this area said this bridge has recently been closed & condemned. He said this time of year the bridge is pretty well obscured by trees so I hope to come back I the fall to get fall foliage pics & revisit Sugar Creek bridges as well.
Visited here afternoon of 8-18-2018 following a funeral in Hartsburg, for wife's aunt. Bridge is still here, easily accessible by 'blacktop' 1 mile off main road. From the north end you have to beat your way thru the summer over growth on this overflow pony truss just to get to the bigger span 75 yards beyond this.
This bridge is still solid but you can see very large rust holes in the truss uprights that are severely compromised. Didn't get my normal allotted time to explore and photograph because my wife was with me and kept honking the horn! Have other relatives nearby so I hope to come back again. Only took about 25 pics vs normal 125+. Still this is a neat relic to visit. I did take a video walk thru and will post later.
Next time I'm bringing my shears/loppers with me to cut back the overgrowth shrouding this pony truss and get a view of both bridges at same time.
Visited here afternoon of 8-18-2018 following a funeral in Hartsburg, for wife's aunt. Bridge is still here, easily accessible by 'blacktop' 1 mile off main road. From the north end you have to beat your way thru the summer over growth on Sugar Creek overflow pony truss. Bridge is very solid but you can see thru the holes in the deck that many of the smaller beams are severely compromised by rust. Didn't get my normal allotted time to explore and photograph because my wife was with me and kept honking the horn! Have other relatives nearby so I hope to come back again. Only took about 25 pics vs normal 125+. Still this is a neat relic to visit.
Yes it is a cast iron top chord. http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=il...
I just looked at the pictures again. Is the entire (not just the connections) top chord cast iron?!?
I've noticed that Illinois Central really liked using American Bridge Works around the late 1890s. I suspect they probably had a contract to produce numerous bridges for the IC.
by the coordinates and picture this is tunnel 3 in the timetable
that's tunnel 1 by the timetable
The last 3 spans were imploded about 8:30 this morning, bridge is gone. LaSalle News Tribune has pictures and video on their website.
The dates on the website for the photo that's provided say Date Issued: 1860-1920, which would be more accurate than the dates listed here as that appears to be a Model T.
Do you know the history of the structure? It seems like such a unique situation
I work on this bridge I can post photos if anyone would like
Now doomed, though there is a proposal to relocate it to Blackhawk Street. One more step on the city's plan to demolish all historic bascule bridges on the North Branch of the Chicago River.
The LaSalle News Tribune has an article today that says the southern 2 spans will be imploded this Tuesday, 8/14/18.
It says its the Henry Bridge but this video is actually of the Spring Valley deck demolition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30fZ5jja0rM
This bridge's full demolition is imminent.
That is correct. The city of Streator is mostly located in La Salle County with a small section of it on the south end of town being in Livingston County.
The "What's Here" button in the edit mode shows this location as completely in LaSalle County.
The bridge is in the right location but the location is in La Salle County, not Livingston County.
This truss bridge was replaced ca 1910. The replacement bridge has since been rehabbed with a new superstructure and abutments but the piers are original to the ca 1910 construction.
The current bridge is listed on this site as Bridge Street, IL Rt 18 Eastbound, Streator, La Salle County, IL. It crosses the Vermilion River on the west side of the city.
I guess more looking may give an answer. I just noticed the NY Street looks like a multi span. Great finials and portal bracing.
Clark that photo looks like it goes to the island. The island did not extend up to New York Street until it was expanded in the 1960s. My guess is this is one of the other several bridges leading to the original part of the island. Probably the same builder provided more than one span for this city, accounting for the visual similarities.
The buildings have seemingly all disappeared but I think this photo may be the bridge on this page.
Imploding the old Meredosia bridge has already begun.
I recently explored near the stone archway. It still stands and Is very interesting!
Appears that this bridge was replaced
Postcard photo of Halsted Street Lift Bridge. Date unknown.
See Lincoln Highway Rock Creek above in listings
See BNSF Rock Creek Bridge above in listings
See Rock Creek Farm Bridge two above in listings.
haha, no not involved! Actually I have been involved in years past trying to convince them to save the bridge and drawing focus to the historic metal trusses. I am not sure they ever did much restoration to the trusses however.
You can't make this stuff up - truck attack!:
Nathan, did you pay the guy to free the pony truss from its covering :^)
I would suggest a build date of 1872-1875 with a relocation date of 1905.
Just found out this is up for replacement this year. It looks like the replacement will be a standard bridge.
Extremely safe. Railroads have standardized loading gauges bridges and substructures must be able to handle.
How safe is the LaGrange Road overpass? It was built in 1933. Looks like it was built with telephone poles.
I can confirm that the 1925 construction date for this bridge is not correct. Pin-connected pony truss bridges were not built at this time. National Bridge Inventory data is one of the least reliable sources of information on bridge construction dates, errors are common. A 1906 date and the builder of the bridge is strongly supported by the design details of the bridge.
The bridge was added to the National Historic Register on June 11, 2018.
ILLINOIS, LAKE COUNTY,
Buffalo Creek Bridge,
Robert Parker Coffin Rd. over Buffalo Cr.,
Long Grove, RS100001672,
This should be Lemont.
I hate to call another persons recollections into question but the railroad records indicate the bridge was not abandoned until 1968. This conflicts with the comment that it was used as a traffic bridge in the mid to early 1960's.
104 year old bridge is listed for sale - but only for a couple of weeks. This looks like another City of Chicago gambit to circumvent Section 106 as fast as possible, just like with the nearby Division Street Bridge, right now! Demolition of this historic structure is likely very soon.
Why couldn't the City just maintain it, instead?
New Meredosia bridge is supposed to open this Tuesday.
100% agree! My kids, who don't even give a crap about bridges, loved it!
I had the pleasure of crossing this bridge yesterday. Worth the $1 you have to pay the toll troll.
The bridge is 1 lane but there wasn't much traffic so we did not have to wait.
One of the best bridges I've ever crossed. 9/10 would recommend to a friend.
I actually just found a Sanicula Springs bottle undamaged in my backyard. Dug it up accidentally.
Hardpack gravel trail, peds and bicycles only. The viewing platform and associated rules are to prevent vandalism. The bridge itself is beautiful. Note the keystones at the top of the arches. Well worth the ride or hike.
Thanks John for clearing that up.
Just wondering about the dates.
The bridge information is in the track chart. The swing span was constructed 1892, and the remainder was constructed in 1899. The tunnel dates to the construction of the original rail line and bridge. The spans from the original bridge were later relocated around the area, even reaching as far as Mississippi. I can upload the track chart for the tunnel and bridge later.
Since this tunnel was built before the bridge wouldn't that make the bridge older,John?That's what I'm thinking.
The date Clark provides isnít surprising either. I never really had an estimate for the tunnel, especially because one portal appears to date from the late 1890s or early 1900s. But the tunnel being original to the rail line does make sense. Thanks Clark for finding that info!
John,thanks for answering me about the tunnel but I think the tunnel is older than what you estimate.I read the article Clark posted and saw an older date from when the bridge was opened for traffic along with the tunnel I'm guessing.Anyway,this is one old tunnel!
Some info from Encyclopedia Dubuque:
It appears the tunnel was built when the original bridge was with some of the stone mined going into the bridge piers.
Iím not sure how much CN is going to be willing to help. I havenít come across any IC blueprints before either. Normally, the IC charts are very well put together, complete with dates. Iíll search through a couple more and see what I come up with. A date of 1899 wouldnít surprise me however.
Thanks John for responding.Would CN or Illinois Central know when it was built or who built the tunnel being that if Illinois Central is still in business?Looks like an old tunnel.
The track chart I have gives a total length of 851í. No build date was given, but it may date back to the first Mississippi River crossing here; but also may have been built in 1899 when the crossing was rebuilt
I have a couple of questions.How long is this tunnel and when was it built?Looks like a very interesting tunnel being that it's curved.
I'm a vendor that sets up at Comic Cons sometimes. I decided to do Super Con in Metropolis Il. I've been to Metropolis a long time ago, on family vacation to see the Superman statue & museum, etc. This time I was by myself, and at the end of my first day at Super Con, I just wanted to grab something to eat and drive across the river to my hotel. I don't generally use a GPS, but maybe I should have that night. I grabbed a bite to eat, and thought I was going the right way when I was pulled over by a cop. Apparently I was speeding (I wasn't sure of the speed limit as I don't live there, but I was in a hurry to go home so I guess I was). I explained I was in town for the Comic Con, and he just gave me a warning (he said he was in a good mood and was starting vacation the next day lol). I thanked him and went on my way. Unfortunately, the way...ended up being on the Brookport Bridge. I was still shook up from getting stopped, and once I realized I was on the old bridge and not the newer one, I freaked. out. Now, I have to explain that I do have panic & anxiety disorder. I know it's a common thing to say, "I had a panic attack." But, I really had one that night. It was dark by this time, and once I got going on the bridge, I had a good few moments of thinking,"Oh My God, I'm not gonna make it over this." I had to resist a very strong urge to stop my car, right in the middle of this thing. I knew I couldn't do that, so I just tried my very best to focus on the end of the bridge and keeping the car as straight as possible. All I could think about was how it would feel to get off of it. I've read other comments, and I understand that to some people, this is no biggie, or they grew up with it, etc. And honestly, it probably is not a big deal to some. But to me...I can't explain the response I had, except to say it felt like sheer terror. I flashed back to the time when my best friend in the fourth grade convinced me to ride the "salt n pepper shakers" at the local carnival. I did, and I screamed the whole time lol. The cage-y feel of the bridge, and the tugging of my tires (I had to have been going pretty slow) made me feel like I was going to lose control. I mean, y'all. Lol this bridge is a you-know-what, if you have problems with bridges, heights, panic/anxiety, etc. do NOT take this bridge if you can help it. No joke - they really should have a warning sign. People, especially out-of-towners, just aren't used to driving this old/narrow/type of a bridge. If it's lasted since 1929, I'm sure it's made very well, and I can appreciate that. But, man, I will probably never cross it again, at least not driving myself. Needless to say, I will never forget the Brookport Bridge. Like someone else commented, I need a survivor t-shirt too lol.
Satellite imagery shows that this was removed sometime between 1999 and 2005.
Satellite imagery shows this was removed sometime between 1999 and 2005.
Total bridge replacement. Photo taken 5/6/2018
Total bridge replacement. Photo taken 5/6/2018
Bridge has been replace with gravel road. Photo taken 5/6/2018
Sigh. Another boring, utilitarian bridge in the making.
Construction has started to rebuild this bridge. According to a City of Chicago press release, "The replacement structure will maintain the existing bridgeís historic architectural style while providing modern lighting and drainage and meet modern ADA standards." We'll see. https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room...
The bridge will remain open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic during construction by doing it one half at a time.
I was always terrified as a kid to go over this bridge in my parent's minivan. The timber deck boards would creak and moan and it felt like there was nothing keeping the car from falling through. That said, I miss that bridge now that it's gone (the modern bridges give those roads more traffic now but they aren't much to look at). Too bad they couldn't repair it decades ago to keep it in a functional state. I saw a some old black and white truss bridge photographs at the Essex Historical Building, they may have been from this or another nearby bridge.
hello...from a book about the C&NW in Elgin, this bridge was built to also access ice blocks from the fox River back in the day...(early 1900's)..... paul
That structure is adjacent to this one: https://bridgehunter.com/il/kane/bh60737/
Hello.......correct me here...on Google this location is labeled as the Elgin & Belvidere Interurban bridge that crossed the CNW.....and myself, I thought the same thing before the google info....actually never heard of the DM&E....
I split those off into their own entry and requested those imaged be deleted a while ago...
I don't think picture #2 is of this bridge. I believe it is Farm Creek Bridge here: https://bridgehunter.com/il/tazewell/bh68529/.
Iím thinking it might be a modern decorative bridge.
Any opinions on the materials on this one? The ashlar appears to be cast rather than cut.
You are welcome!
Nice to see closer photos of this one.
as a kid, this bridge was a big shortcut between where I lived and westville. It had blocked run off areas where if you were on the tracks and a train was coming you could run to the nearest one and be "safe" from getting cut up by the train. As I remember there was not a lot of extra room on the bridge when one came across. I had driven my dirt bike across the bridge many time and every time had to dry my hands on the other side.
According to sources the new bridge is to be cut in on April 7-8, 2018. The BNSF line is to be shut down at 6 AM and is going to reopen sometime Sunday.
for future reference, the 5 truss spans pre-date the approaches and abutments. there were originally timber trestle approaches on each side of the trusses over the river. I believe those date to 1911 or 1912. Nearly a decade later, the steel spans and concrete piers and abutments were added. It is a very spectacular bridge and very grand in scale. The second track was never added, but the bridge was built big enough to handle 2 trains.
More than likely as a crossing guard. Prior to modern crossing signals they had crossing guards to lower manual barricades in addition to the standard crossbuck.
My 2x Great Grandfather worked for the railroad as a guard at this bridge back in the 1890 up to death in 1909.
Would you know the reason a guard was need?
The railroad bridge mentioned here is still in place over the river, although it has been slightly modified. It is a wooden trestle bridge and some of the supports have been removed possibly to allow less restricted water flow for the river below. The bridge was probably built by the Illinois, Iowa & Minnesota Railway in 1904 or 05. This railroad was later reorganized into the Chicago, Milwaukee & Gary which eventually fell into the hands of the Milwaukee Road. The bridge is still used today as part of the DeKalb Nature Trail which runs over the former railway path between N First St to Sycamore Rd (IL Rt23).
I haven't taken any photos of the bridge myself so I cant post any but, I can share a link to Martin O'Connor's photo of the bridge in our facebook group for the Gary Line Railroad https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152536508214624&se...
The bridge-along with all of the 37 miles of trackage, were removed during the summer of 1980 by the Smith Tie Co of St Louis. They claimed the bridge weighed 205 tons and they also salvaged 4,000 tons of steel rail, as well as about 81,000 crossties. Source: Pontiac Daily Leader 5/31/80
This photo was taken the same date, is facing North, showing the Builders Plate perched atop the leading span.
I have photos of this bridge, taken November 4, 1978, both from the North and the South. The "builder's plate" on the bridge crest says "Built 1879/Rust & Coolidge Chicago.
Highlights of the demolition of the Savanna-Sabula Bridge here: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2018/03/12/savanna-sab... This beauty will be missed dearly..... 😥
The 1950 topo shows an unimproved dead end road crossing here, leading to an outbuilding.
This is not abandoned Route 66. This was an old gravel road that led north south; connecting to old route 66. It was abandoned when the later alignment of Route 66 came about.
Let me know if you need further information on this.
From the Progressive Railrioading website 8 March 2018 (and local news websites on previous two days);
". . . .U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) has announced a $10 million TIGER grant to rebuild approaches to the Maunie Railroad Bridge in Posey County, Indiana. Built in 1926, the bridge's timber approaches on both the Indiana and Illinois sides are in "dire need of replacement," according to a press release issued by Donnelly's office. "
Link to fuller descrption:
According to various online sources, this bridge will likely be converted to trail use
The eyebars look big enough for a railroad bridge.
It was probably built here 1924, after being retired from railroad service.
This was not an uncommon practice with railroads. For example the Chicago & Northwestern's Pre-1898 Squaw Creek Bridge ( https://bridgehunter.com/ia/story/cnw-squaw-creek )in Ames was reused on two local crossings:
This is a very interesting little bridge and I suspect that it was built much earlier than 1924. I would guess that it was built circa 1900, but perhaps anytime between roughly 1890 and roughly 1910.
I suspect that it was probably moved here in 1924. Bridges that were built in the 1920s would be more likely to be riveted instead of pin connected.
I found this bridge closed to vehicle traffic on 2/26/2018. Barricades appeared to be fairly new and clean. Am trying to determine if the bridge will be repaired or demolished. Big Cut Road sees little usage, so suspect the latter.