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Lackey Bridge

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Facts 

Note: The following information comes from the National Bridge Inventory and has not been verified.
Overview
Lost bridge over Bay Creek on Bay City Road (FAS 1930), 3.5 mi. north of Bay City
Location
Pope County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Replaced 1963
Design
Unknown
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.27213, -88.52233   (decimal degrees)
37°16'20" N, 88°31'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/365028/4126147 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brownfield
Land survey
T. 14 S., R. 6 E., Sec. 26
Inventory numbers
IL 076-3002 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15620 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2007)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 80.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
309

Categories 

Illinois (3,864)
Lost (18,933)
Lost 1963 (50)
Lost during 1960s (410)
Mystery (84)
Owned by county (18,920)
Pope County, Illinois (24)
Replaced by new bridge (12,561)
Skewed (4,715)

Comments 

Lackey Bridge
Posted August 28, 2006, by JL (jwlinson [at] verizon [dot] net)

I remember when this bridge was still standing. We used to fish Bay Creek when I was younger, and I always liked going under it. From what I remember, it was a through truss bridge (based on pictures of other bridges I've seen on here), with large cut stone block abutments (with the rounded-face style of block), and the deck was gone. It was mostly intact at that time, only a portion of the deck frame had been removed for boaters when the water level was too high to go under the bridge normally. The last time I was there the bridge had been completely removed, including the cut stone, and the approach has been flattened to creek level for use as a boat ramp. The "newer" bridge doesn't have nearly the character, unfortunately... It's the common highway brige.

There is (was?) a similar bridge nearby, closer to Bay City, over Barren Creek which had been bypassed as well. I haven't been that way in years, so I can't say if it still exists or not.