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Fountain Creek 1900E Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken July 2006 by Tom Hall

BH Photo #102198

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Fountain Creek on 1900E Road
Location
Iroquois County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1903
Builder
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Design
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 99.3 ft.
Total length: 102.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.58325, -87.76618   (decimal degrees)
40°34'60" N, 87°45'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/435159/4492777 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Claytonville
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
25
Inventory numbers
IL 038-4733 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15311 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2008)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 25, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed or demolished.
  • April 3, 2011: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • January 29, 2007: Posted photos from Tom Hall

Sources 

Comments 

Fountain Creek 1900E Bridge
Posted October 25, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like another one of Jim Cooper's "Cookie Cutter" bridges!

Fountain Creek 1900E Bridge
Posted October 25, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Awarded contract for $539,788.94. I am attaching the Bid Tab (Project #87446) and the elevation so you can see the type of structure selected. This price seems very low although the historic bridge could have probably been repaired for similar cost. Note that the replacement slab of concrete is very minimal in design. Note the guardrail type. I am not sure what the loading requirements are in Illinois nor what the loading for this piece of concrete is.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 343,690 bytes)

Attachment #2 (application/pdf; 152,294 bytes)

Fountain Creek 1900E Bridge
Posted October 25, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nathan...did you happen see any dollar amount listed?

Just curious what they are paying for a new bridge to handle 25 cars a day.

Fountain Creek 1900E Bridge
Posted October 25, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

...Probably not for long

Photo by Todd Baslee

Fountain Creek 1900E Bridge
Posted October 25, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Contract to demo and replace has been let. Iroquois County will now have maybe 1 or 2 thru trusses left.

Fountain Creek 1900E Bridge
Posted March 11, 2011, by Gene Smania

Bridge plate.

Fountain Creek 1900E Bridge
Posted August 12, 2010, by Bob Drake (Lastgas15 at aol dot com)

More pics from 2009.

Fountain Creek 1900E Bridge
Posted August 12, 2010, by Bob Drake (Lastgas15 at aol dot com)

These pics were taken in 2009. The bridge appears to be a smaller version of the Horse Creek Bridge in Kankakee County that was replaced in 2009.

Fountain Creek 1900E Bridge
Posted July 18, 2009, by geddes (robtg [at] joink [dot] com)

bridge 1900e ft. creek iroquois cty I talked to man who farms land north of bridge & he didnt know about survey taking place he uses the concrete bridge to the north to haul his grain out of this area. at one time there were three houses on road including my relatives today there are no houses.

Fountain Creek 1900E Bridge
Posted July 15, 2009, by Tom (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

Thatís great idea Tony, but highly unlikely from Iroquois county. They restore nothing.

Iím actually surprised they would even consider replacing this bridge, the road goes virtually nowhere and even if it did the concrete bridge that Geddes mentioned is probably in worse shape than the iron bridge.

There are several locations in that county where the bridges have simply been ripped out with no replacement. Rather than leave the old bridge for pedestrian use or at least for people like us to enjoy, the roads now dead end where the bridges once stood. The bridge over Sugar Creek on 2470E was a prime example.

Iím guessing the only reason they would even consider replacing this bridge would be because someone wants access for large farm machinery. As usual the taxpayer gets stuck paying for something only one person has a use for.

Fountain Creek 1900E Bridge
Posted July 15, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hey.....here's a novel idea! Why don't they just spend a fraction of that to rehabilitate the historic truss bridge and be done with it!! Another sad example of the waste of taxpayers money......no wonder we have a trillion dollar deficit!

Fountain Creek 1900E Bridge
Posted July 14, 2009, by geddes (robtg [at] joink [dot] com)

this bridge on rd1900e at 660north is being surveyed for replacement.the new bridge would still be unuseable at high water.an alternative route could be constucted 1/2 mile away that would need no bridge and save taxpayers 1/2 milion dollars. the word shoot on the bridge refers to a blackpowder event that is held in the woods north of this location. 1 mile north there is an early 1900s concrete historic bridge.