Rating:
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New Canal Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by James Baughn

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BH Photo #102343

Map 

Video 

I-270 Chain of Rocks Canal and River Bridge

Crossing the Chain of Rocks Canal and Mississippi River on I-270

Video posted by Kim Harvey

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Facts 

Overview
Pair of cantilevered through truss bridges over Chain of Rocks Canal on I-270 in Granite City
Location
Madison County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Demolished January-February 2015
History
Built ca. 1963
Design
Pair of cantilevered Warren through trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 479.9 ft.
Total length: 1,989.6 ft.
Deck width: 29.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.76560, -90.13513   (decimal degrees)
38°45'56" N, 90°08'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/748912/4294664 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Columbia Bottom
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
26,150
Inventory numbers
IL 060-0036 (Illinois bridge number)
IL 060-0037 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15498 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 4, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • December 16, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added expected demo date.
  • July 17, 2013: New photo from Kim Harvey
  • March 12, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated status.
  • October 19, 2011: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • September 5, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • August 21, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • February 18, 2011: New photos from Kim Harvey
  • February 5, 2011: Updated by Kim Harvey: tenative window for replacement bridge
  • January 23, 2011: New video from Kim Harvey
  • January 6, 2011: New photo from John Christeson
  • January 4, 2011: Updated by Kim Harvey: tried fixing inventory numbers again.
  • January 3, 2011: Updated by Kim Harvey: inventory number from IDOT, added more links (their suffiency rating is different than what is on their site)
  • December 11, 2010: New Street View added by Kim Harvey
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: minor change in GPS, street view
  • November 23, 2009: New photos from J.P.
  • October 15, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey
  • July 4, 2008: New photo from Kim Harvey
  • February 5, 2007: Posted all new photos

Sources 

Comments 

New Canal Bridge
Posted February 17, 2015, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridge/s_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I would like to know why they decided to Replace these two bridges? These bridges really weren't all that Old. I mean none of the were that Old. Why did they do that? I would like to know.

New Canal Bridge
Posted February 17, 2015, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridge/s_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I would like to know why they decided to Replace these two bridges? These bridges really weren't all that Old. I mean none of the were that Old. Why did they do that? I would like to know.

New Canal Bridge open, tentative date for the old bridge to come down
Posted December 16, 2014, by Shaun Speers (Speersfms [at] hotmaill [dot] com)

http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2014/12/16/old-canal-bridge-to-c...

With the new canal bridges open, tentative dates in January and February have been set for demo of the old one.

New Canal Bridge
Posted May 23, 2011, by Molly Hill

I'm aware of the insane traffic on 270, Drive it everyday, ugh! What few times I've been in the vicinity of that bridge it doesn't seem as congested as my neck of the woods ( 44 and 270). Then again I've never been up there during full -on 5:30- 6:30 rush hour :-O

That's a bummer Illinois is going the way of Missouri, replacing beautiful bridges with boring ones. What's the point? modot just demolished the delmar bridge over I-170. Not a major loss being a UCEB but I don't think it was even 40 yrs old! This issue is unfortunately yet another example of our modern throwaway society.. wether you're talking about tv's clothes, cars, or bridges etc... The perception that it's cheaper to replace something than repair it or build it to last in the first place :-(

I'm off of my soapbox now...

New Canal Bridge
Posted May 23, 2011, by Kim Harvey

IDiOT historically has a poor track record when it comes to truss bridges (lost count on the number they replaced with boring slabs in the past decade), and oddly enough their boring slabs actually don't do any better too. The canal bridge doesn't have any shoulders (nor does the river bridge), see a lot of heavy truck traffic (to the point that all superloads are forced to use the JB Bridge due to the weight limits), and any incident on the bridge can cause major issues.

The only reason why that section of 270 isn't at 6 lanes of traffic is the canal and river bridges.

New Canal Bridge
Posted May 22, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Maybe Blago set the money up.

Either way, IDOT has a vision for the Illinois River and that vision is a river with no historic bridges and completely populated by slabs of concrete.

New Canal Bridge
Posted May 22, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I-270 is a major route around St. Louis. Many of the interstates built with two lanes in the '60s have been widened to three or more in the last 10-20 years. I'm not surprised that there's enough traffic here to merit a wider bridge.

I prefer the look of trusses over the slabs, so it would be nice to see them replace these with wider trusses but building a truss is an artistic choice rather than an economic one.

New Canal Bridge
Posted May 21, 2011, by Molly Hill

Is there really that much traffic in the vicinity of chain of rocks to need SIX lanes? I thought illinois was on the verge of being BK? Where are they getting the $$$?

New Canal Bridge
Posted May 21, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

So in Illinois bridges last < 50 years eh? Something definitely sucks about this.

And cable stayed bridges according to a colleague are concrete slabs with piano wire attached.

New Canal Bridge
Posted May 21, 2011, by Kim Harvey

where is the barf bag when I need it? IDiOT has a poor track record when it comes to truss bridges and their ugly eyesores don't really fare any better.

New Canal Bridge
Posted May 19, 2011, by Andy

This one is now officially doomed. It is in IDOT letting next month. They will be open while the new bridges are constructed but will be removed after that.

New Canal Bridge
Posted December 14, 2009, by Revive 755 (revive755[AtSymbol]gmail [dot] com)

IDOT held a public meeting regarding the replacement of these bridges on 12/2/2009. A new, dull bridge is proposed to the north of the existing bridges. An alternate, asymmetrical cable-stay bridge with a 1500' was too expensive.