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Skillet Fork Bridge


West end

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in July 2008


BH Photo #117518


Street View 


Through truss bridge over Skillet Fork Creek on IL 161, 1 mi. west of Helm
Marion County, Illinois
Reopened to traffic, September 3, 2010, after repairs.
Built 1946
Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Total length: 269.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.51955, -88.72720   (decimal degrees)
38°31'10" N, 88°43'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/349427/4264875 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IL 061-3011 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15508 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 63.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 7, 2010: Updated by Chalon Harper: Bridge was repaired.
  • June 2, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: bridge closed following an accident
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Street view
  • July 17, 2008: New photos from Robert Stephenson



Skillet Fork Bridge
Posted September 8, 2010, by Robert Stephenson (seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bridge Repairs Completed; Route 161 Extension Reopens to Traffic


Skillet Fork Bridge
Posted September 7, 2010, by Chalon Harper (camowolf95 [at] live [dot] com)

Newsbriefs Mount Vernon,IL Morning Sentinel Sept.4,2010

Skillet Fork Bridge Reopens

IUKA-After months of being closed,the Route 161 Extension Bridge over the Skillet Fork in Iuka reopened to traffic on Friday, after work had been completed.

The bridge had been closed to traffic after farm equiptment damaged part of the upper infrastructure of the bridge in late May.

Earlier estimates placed the repair costs at $225,000,with Marion County,Illinois having to pay for the repairs up front and then restitution being sought from the insurance company that covered the owner of the farm equiptment that caused the damage.

Skillet Fork Bridge
Posted June 2, 2010, by Chalon Harper (camowolf95 [at] live [dot] com)

The anchorman on WSIL did say a truck. I don't think they had the entire information. I have the entire story here.

Illinois 161 Extension Remains Closed

Marion County-

Illinois 161 Extension in Marion County remained closed to traffic on Monday,from Illinois 37 to the Wayne County line,following an accident late Friday afternoon.

According to Marion County authorities,a farm implement struck the upper portion of the Old Iron bridge, which runs over the Skillet Fork River. The implement pulled down a portion of the beam on the east side of the bridge,causing officials to deem the bridge unsafe to traffic until repairs are made. Traffic is being re-routed east from the Orchardville Road and west at Illinois 37 by officials from the Marion County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.

*From the Centralia Sentinel Newspaper.

What a shame.

Skillet Fork Bridge
Posted June 2, 2010, by Robert Stephenson (seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Skillet Fork Bridge
Posted June 2, 2010, by MikeInPdx (mikeinpdx13 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Unnecessary damage again. One of my favorite old bridges ended up being replaced by an UCEB because of people's stupidity.


Skillet Fork Bridge
Posted June 1, 2010, by Chalon Harper (camowolf95 [at] live [dot] com)

This bridge as of 6.1.10 at 6 P.M. on the WSIL-TV 3 newscast says it will be closed indefinitely cause of an idiot driving a truck that was too high and damaged the bridge. Why can't people see their trucks are too high and take a different route? Another bridge damaged by foolishness.

Skillet Fork Bridge
Posted August 4, 2008, by Kim Harvey

this is actually the so called IL 161 Extension that several counties actually brag about.