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Gay Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Tom Hall


BH Photo #115597



Concrete girder bridge over Gay Creek on E670N Rd
Iroquois County, Illinois
Replaced by a new bridge
Built ca. 1920
- Continental Bridge Co. of Peotone, Illinois (1902- 1931)
Concrete pony girder
Length of largest span: 46.9 ft.
Total length: 47.9 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.58539, -87.74461   (decimal degrees)
40°35'07" N, 87°44'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/436986/4492999 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2002)
Inventory numbers
IL 038-0124 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15313 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2012)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 84.7 (out of 100)
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  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com


Gay Creek Bridge
Posted June 25, 2010, by Mike Roegner (roegner [at] sotlec [dot] net)

Here's a couple of photos of the road leading to Goodwine, a lilttle farther down from the bridge. It's a typical half road, but what I thought was unusual about this road it that the grass had been allowed to cover the gravel right up to the concrete - a one lane road wandering through the countryside. It looked so nice I had to drive up there and ride my bicycle on it.

Gay Creek Bridge
Posted March 11, 2007, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

This bridge is one of many concrete varieties in this area.

This is a one lane bridge, and something I thought was unusual is if you look at the end view picture you’ll notice that so is the road. Not only is the bridge concrete but also the entire road.

This is known as a “half slab” road; only the center section is paved. Although not really visible in these photos, there are wide gravel shoulders on either side so when passing oncoming traffic you simply drop one side of your vehicle over onto the gravel and hopefully the other vehicle does the same. These roads seem to be unique to this area or at least they still exist here. I’m guessing that the road was most likely built at the time as the bridge.

This was the only bridge I’ve found so far that has a builder’s plaque.

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