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Murray Baker Bridge


View from a distance

This photo was taken by Jay Babin from behind the Wal-Mart

BH Photo #102456



Cantilevered through truss bridge over Illinois River on I-74 in Peoria
Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, and Tazewell County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1958; rehabilitated 1984 and 2005
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 600.0 ft.
Total length: 3,216.0 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Deck width: 55.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.68889, -89.58367   (decimal degrees)
40°41'20" N, 89°35'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/281680/4507432 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Peoria East
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IL 090-0001 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15585 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 99 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 12, 2016: New photo from GS
  • October 1, 2015: New photo from Roger Deschner
  • May 30, 2013: New photo from M. D. Caillet
  • December 11, 2010: New photos from Kim Harvey
  • December 6, 2010: New Street View added by Jacob P. Bernard
  • December 1, 2010: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • November 30, 2010: New Street View added by Jacob P. Bernard
  • April 12, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • March 13, 2006: Posted photo of the truss "amputation" from Nick Volk


  • Jay Babin - jabab [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Brent Freesmeyer - bcfreesmeyer [at] msn [dot] com
  • Nick Volk
  • Wikipedia
  • Nathan Holth
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Kim Harvey
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com


Murray Baker Bridge
Posted September 10, 2010, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Getting out the dynamite solves nothing unless the bridge is unsavable. Pennsylvania, and in some cases Missouri, rabid UCEB roll really stinks. Reconfiguring a truss such as in the case with this bridge, I strongly agree, is the feasable thing to do. This truss is a very handsome bridge indeed.

Murray Baker Bridge
Posted September 9, 2010, by Ian Anderson (macsignals [at] gmail [dot] com)

We all know in PA this bridge would have been blown to pieces, then halfway through the construction of the new UCEB PennDOT would have run out of money or some other problem would have arose.

What was done here, literally chopping off a portion of the truss to accommodate a new interchange, has to be one of the most creative fixes ever, not to mention a good use of available money.

Murray Baker Bridge
Posted June 3, 2009, by Jon Burkholder (jonburkholder1770 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Murray Baker was one of the founders of Caterpillar, the farm equipment company.

Murray Baker Bridge
Posted May 28, 2009, by Larry Baker (bake007 [at] comcast [dot] net)

Can someone tell me who Murray Baker was and why he has a bridge named after him???

Murray Baker Bridge
Posted March 21, 2006, by Dale Ross (drossque3 [at] aol [dot] com)


I am trying to locate a nice picture of the Murray Baker Bridge. Do you have one in your archives? I would especially like one of the new rennovated bridge.