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NS - IL 160 Overpass


replacement crossing

crossing built sometime in 2006 or 2007 on IL 160 in Highland, replacing a railroad overpass.

Photo taken by Kim Harvey in July 2008


BH Photo #116467


Street View 


Lost Plate girder bridge over IL 160 on the Penn Central Railroad
Madison County, Illinois
replaced with an at-grade crossing in 2007
Built 1927
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 37.0 ft.
Total length: 40.0 ft.
Also called
Sycamore Street Underpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.74840, -89.66657   (decimal degrees)
38°44'54" N, 89°39'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/268262/4292233 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
IL 060-0156 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15495 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: Alternate name, street view
  • February 19, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: GPS
  • June 21, 2009: Updated by Kim Harvey
  • July 4, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey: bridge has been replaced with an at-grade crossing



IL 160 Bridge
Posted June 2, 2011, by Andy Jankowski (andyj [at] hometel [dot] com)

I live in Highland, so this bridge entry caught my eye. I am however, confused by the description given. The old highway underpass shown in "Streetview" is of the Sycamore Street underpass and I believe this is accurately described in the text. But, the recent K. Harvey photograph shows the Poplar Street/IL Route 160 grade crossing. The problem I have is the text appears to imply there was a plate girder bridge at this location as well. To satisfy my curiosity, I reviewed a 1941 aerial photograph and could plainly see it was an at-grade crossing at Poplar Street. In fact, a vehicle can be seen on the roadway crossing the tracks at the time the photo was taken. In the same 1941 photo, the Sycamore Street bridge shows up just to the east, and based on the shadow the overpass casts, one can clearly see it is a bridge. You may wish to clarify which location the entry is referring to since IL Route 160 used to follow Sycamore Street (1981 Highland Topo Map), but now it follows Poplar.