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Libertyville Bridge

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Photo taken by Eden, Janine and Jim

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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Description 

Span was delivered to Libertyville in 5 truckloads and saved the city $40,000+ (Adjusted for inflation, that would be appx $328,698.67+ in 2018.)

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Desplaines River on Rockland Road
Location
Libertyville, Lake County, Illinois
Status
Closed
Future prospects
Trusses were placed on 1990 pre-stressed concrete replacement bridge. As of 2018, these are scheduled to be demolished.
History
Built 1921 as the western span of the US51 Kaskaskia River Bridge at Vandalia, Relocated here 1962. Replaced with trusses reused as decorations in 1990
Design
Pratt through truss. Trusses were placed on 1990 pre-stressed concrete replacement bridge. As of 2018, these are scheduled to be demolished.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 50.5 ft.
Total length: 155.5 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Also called
The Green Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.27666, -87.93937   (decimal degrees)
42°16'36" N, 87°56'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/422541/4680920 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Libertyville
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
5,300
Inventory number
BH 80346 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 49.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 25, 2018: New photo from Steve Conro
  • February 20, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added city; Updated name; Added relocation info
  • February 5, 2018: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

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Comments 

Libertyville Bridge
Posted February 25, 2018, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Didn't get there in time. Second newer plate had already been torched off.

Libertyville Bridge
Posted February 20, 2018, by Luke

Multiple articles and a trade journal confirm the bridge was the western span of the US51 Kaskaskia River Bridge at Vandalia. According to the trade journal "The Builder", the spans were delivered to Libertyville in 5 truckloads and saved the city $40,000+ (Adjusted for inflation, that would be appx $328,698.67+ now.)

It also appears that there's an extant builder plate on the bridge.

Desplaines River Bridge
Posted February 20, 2018, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice letter to the editor in today's Chicago Tribune from a local resident who's sorry to see it go. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/ct-libert...

Photos of the bridge in the print edition of the paper.

Desplaines River Bridge
Posted February 5, 2018, by Nathan Holth

Overlooked because it was not listed as a truss on NBI. Now its almost too late to see it. Mitigation that involves placing trusses on a replacement bridge as decoration SHOULD ALWAYS INCLUDE A PRESERVATION COMMITMENT. Clearly that was missing here.