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Water Street Bridge


Photo taken by Steve Conro in September 2013


BH Photo #266016



Concrete tee beam bridge over Indian Creek on Water Street (former IL18)
Earlville, LaSalle County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1925
Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 61.4 ft.
Total length: 63.3 ft.
Deck width: 20.7 ft.
Also called
Old IL 18 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.59154, -88.91553   (decimal degrees)
41°35'30" N, 88°54'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/340346/4606199 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
IL 050-0254 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 57893 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 22, 2016: New photos from Gene Smania
  • December 7, 2015: New photos from Gene Smania
  • September 8, 2013: Updated by Steve Conro: Added category "Concrete balustrade"

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Water Street Bridge
Posted December 9, 2015, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The name in the last photo is Frank Johnson, Philip, South Dakota. I was able to find this, might be him: http://www.mocavo.com/Frank-C-Johnson-B1904-Philip-Haakon-So...

Water Street Bridge
Posted December 8, 2015, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Sure seems likely... nice research work!

Water Street Bridge
Posted December 7, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Think this is "Joe"?


Born Scotland SD, died in IL.

Water Street Bridge
Posted December 7, 2015, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Interesting pencil markings... I would normally dismiss such findings, but as Gene notes if you need a snooper to get to them, and also most graffiti isn't so "formal" looking with a guys name and the city he is from (which isn't a nearby city, but from South Dakota) so I suppose it could be from original construction. Interesting.

Water Street Bridge
Posted December 7, 2015, by Brian J. Patterson (pattersonbj [at] earthlink [dot] net)

This would have been for the FIRST use of the designation "Illinois Highway 18." In 1927, the IL 18/SBI 18 designation was removed from this highway in favor of US 34. The "IL 18" designation was re-used by IDOT on the current IL 18 route starting in 1939, re-designating IL 89B and IL 89C.

The Water Street Bridge may or may not have carried US 34 for a few years. There is one former through-town routing of US 34 via Union St. in Earlville, in addition to the current routing. The bow to the south on Union St. where it crosses Indian Creek suggests that the current bridge at that location might not be the "original" Union St. Bridge.