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NS - Lake Decatur Bridge

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South Elevation

Photo taken by Dale Travis

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BH Photo #153164

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Description 

The Wabash Bridge was completed in 1907 across the Sangamon River near Faries Park in Decatur, IL. At the time, this was said to be one of the largest concrete projects in the world. Lake Decatur was created later, in the early 1920s, by damming the Sangamon.

Facts 

Overview
Closed-spandrel concrete arch bridge over Lake Decatur on Norfolk Southern Railway
Location
Decatur, Macon County, Illinois
Status
Open to rail traffic
History
Built 1907; Renewed 1943 (per Wabash RR documents)
Builder
- William P. Carmichael Co. of Williamsport, Indiana
Railroads
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Design
Multiple closed-spandrel concrete arch. Four skew arch spans carrying two railroad tracks.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 610.2 ft.
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
Skew angle
45 degrees
Also called
Wabash - Lake Decatur Bridge
Wabash - Sangamon River Bridge
Wabash Railroad Bridge #110
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.86274, -88.87993   (decimal degrees)
39°51'46" N, 88°52'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/339203/4414214 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Decatur
Elevation
650 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 41871 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 21, 2018: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 17, 2015: Updated by Luke: Imagery + skew angle
  • December 21, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Updated bridge dimensions
  • December 2, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added Wabash RR document & photo
  • November 10, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added link to John Barriger III photo
  • November 7, 2014: New photo from James Holzmeier
  • October 9, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • January 23, 2010: Updated by Wes Worsham: Added additional information, updated official name.
  • March 25, 2009: Added by Kim Harvey

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Comments 

Lake Decatur Railroad Bridge
Posted January 17, 2010, by Dale Travis (daletravis [at] bigfoot [dot] com)

gps=N39 51.766 W88 52.806, picture taken 10-8-00.