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Wilson Creek Bridge


View from the top of a hay bale, facing south east.

Photo taken by Fmiser

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


BH Photo #286865


Pony truss bridge over Wilson Creek on Moose Rd (TR 240?)
Fulton County, Illinois
Open to traffic, 8 ton weight limit
Built 1935
5-panel riveted steel pony truss
Length of largest span: 67.9 ft.
Total length: 69.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.19944, -90.24706   (decimal degrees)
40°11'58" N, 90°14'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/734320/4453528 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 3 N., R. 2 E., Sec. 35
498 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
Inventory numbers
IL 029-3108 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15251 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20.2 (out of 100)
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5-panel truss (603)
Built 1935 (1,495)
Built during 1930s (12,248)
Concrete deck (140)
Fulton County, Illinois (38)
Illinois (4,954)
One-lane traffic (7,999)
Open (41,202)
Owned by township (3,360)
Pony truss (17,229)
Pratt pony truss (4,022)
Pratt truss (10,538)
Riveted (2,644)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,549)
Structurally deficient (12,760)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,723)
Truss (36,782)

Update Log 

  • July 1, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added categories "Concrete deck", "5-panel truss", "Riveted"


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Wilson Creek Bridge
Posted July 1, 2014, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a large pony truss. The top of the truss webs are about 8 ft above the deck.

The road to this bridge is only barely a road, especially south of the bridge. The alignment suggests it used to be a much more travel road, but now the road south of the bridge looks like a field access. I would advise a visit from the north. Also watch out if you react to poison ivy - there is a lot.

Looking at the photos Steve Conro took of the Otto Rd. bridge it appears this is much the same.