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Wagon Ford Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Dale Travis

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BH Photo #112777

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Lick Creek on TR 176 in Springfield
Location
Sangamon County, Illinois
Status
Closed to traffic in Summer 2010, now abandoned
Future prospects
local residents do not want this road reopened so there is no need to worry about replacement
History
Built 1900, closed to traffic 2010
Design
Pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt bedstead pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 94.2 ft.
Deck width: 12.5 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Lick Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.70889, -89.73746   (decimal degrees)
39°42'32" N, 89°44'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/265325/4399031 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chatham
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
50
Inventory numbers
IL 084-3108 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15648 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 27, 2018: Updated by Elliott Johnson: bridge removed from nbi, changed status to abandoned and added future prospects
  • March 19, 2014: Updated by Elliott Johnson: changed bridge status to closed
  • March 5, 2014: New photos from Elliott Johnson
  • January 30, 2011: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed status as bridge is closed
  • March 14, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Street view

Sources 

Comments 

Wagon Ford Bridge
Posted February 6, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Ricardo: Did you approach this bridge from the north or the south? Which is the best way to visit this bridge and not anger local landowners?

Wagon Ford Bridge
Posted February 6, 2018, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

BRIDGE BIRTHDAY PARTY, AUGUST 28, 2004

The bridge over Lick Creek on Wagon Ford Road, near Chatham, will be 120 years old on this date. According to the Highway Commissioner’s Record 1884-1891, the bridge was built by P.E. Cane of Chicago for a bid totally $993.00. The bridge is 65’ long, with a 14’ driveway. The bridge has been determined eligible for National Register of Historic Places by IDOT and IHPA. The bridge was completed and accepted by Curran Township on August 28, 1884. Come and help celebrate its birthday! For directions call 483-2376

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Sangamon County Historical Society

https://www.sancohis.org/OLDER%20FILES/Historico2004.htm

Wagon Ford Bridge
Posted February 6, 2018, by Ricardo

2018, Bridge is still out. Damaged, road closed. Bridge road boards are buckling, audibly creeking under foot. Wide, visible gaps between bridge road boards to creek below.

Lick Creek Bridge
Posted February 22, 2014, by Elliott Johnson (elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Over the last couple of years, no trespassing signs and chained gates have been put up within a couple yards from the bridge. I went through one side last year to check the status of this bridge and one part was pushed up like their was something pushing on the bottom of it. I need to go through my pictures again but when I find pictures of it, I will post them asap.

Lick Creek Bridge
Posted April 15, 2013, by John (johnsjunk11 [at] comcast [dot] net)

Some pics from Summer 2011 (not mine). I hate to think what it's like it's now.

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16319754&postcount...

Shame, as this was one of my favorite spots that time forgot. Now it really will be forgotten.

Lick Creek Bridge
Posted January 30, 2011, by Dave Hill (gladtobehere9 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge has bee closed since the summer of 2010.

As a kid I used to fish and swim at this location.

I'm not sure what the future of the bridge is. The Sangamon County Highway department is broke. It is just much eaiser to close the road and not repair it.

Lick Creek Bridge
Posted February 23, 2008, by John (johnsjunk [at] insightbbcom)

I've gone out of my way a number of times just to go over this bridge; the last time with my mother, who was terrified! I'm curious to know when it was built. It feels solid (not like a "rickety old bridge", but I looked up the rating on the state's website - I see them here too - and it's apparently one of the worst in the state.

Lick Creek Bridge
Posted February 23, 2008, by John (johnsjunk [at] insightbbcom)

I've gone out of my way a number of times just to go over this bridge; the last time with my mother, who was terrified! I'm curious to know when it was built. It feels solid (not like a "rickety old bridge", but I looked up the rating on the state's website - I see them here too - and it's apparently one of the worst in the state.