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Louis Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Dale Travis in March 2010


BH Photo #196827



Pony truss bridge over Louis Creek on TR 14A
Iroquois County, Illinois
Removed and replaced
Built 1907
Pin-connected Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 41.3 ft.
Total length: 42.6 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.61361, -88.08138   (decimal degrees)
40°36'49" N, 88°04'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/408524/4496427 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
IL 038-3042 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15320 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2008)
Sufficiency rating: 22.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 23, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated information per forum post
  • April 4, 2011: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard



Louis Creek Bridge
Posted August 13, 2013, by Crystal

I have no idea how this project was funded, but I can provide additional details.

It was closed in August 2008. It remained closed for 2 years before they began demolishing/replacing it. Total closure about 2 years 9 months.

I was told that this bridge was closed due to heavy traffic. The problem was that the weight limits in place were being ignored and the excess weight was causing considerable damage. Each fall, farmers would take their loaded semi trucks full of grain over this bridge to the elevator. Replacing the deck in 2006 may have simply encouraged MORE of this traffic, and therefore, the rapid decline of the bridge.

Such a shame that people couldn't follow the posted 6 ton weight limit. If they had, this bridge would probably still be standing...

Louis Creek Bridge
Posted October 24, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I am assuming they are...but not positive. I find it hard to imagine the local government alone could foot the bill for the accelerated replacement plan they have implemented the past couple of years.

They might be doing something similar to what Putnam County, Indiana is doing...using fed monies for the big stuff and local funds for the ponies.

Louis Creek Bridge
Posted October 24, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


Do you know that they are using Federal dollars? I don't know that much about Illinois. Illinois is one of the least user friendly states to deal with. All IL websites are useless except for the IDOT contract letting website. Their historic bridge inventory has no justification or context. Its just a list that doesn't explain anything. Nor do I know how these projects are funded. Some states, like Michigan and Colorado, bypass federal funding. If Iroquois County was using federal dollars, and someone could work with the SHPO to get some of these county bridges found eligible, they would have to do Section 106.

Louis Creek Bridge
Posted October 24, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nothing Iroquois County is doing right now is making much sense. They are replacing historic bridges with concrete spans on roads that are basically over-glorified cow paths. Or just ripping them out with no replacement.

Not only are they wasting local dollars...but with federal funding they are wasting all of our dollars.

Louis Creek Bridge
Posted October 24, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Makes you wonder why they wasted money putting a new deck on it in 2006. You can see the fresh wood on my older 2006 photos: http://www.historicbridges.org/illinois/iroquois200/

Louis Creek Bridge
Posted October 23, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Iroquois County continues it's assault on what WAS a very nice collection of truss bridges.

Photo by Todd Baslee

Louis Creek Bridge
Posted October 23, 2011, by Crystal

This bridge has been replaced. New bridge opened April 29, 2011.

Louis Creek Bridge
Posted April 17, 2010, by Dale Travis (daletravis [at] bigfoot [dot] com)

3-26-10: This bridge is closed.