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Cascade Road Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Dale Travis

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BH Photo #152778

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The construction style strongly suggests this bridge was built before 1954, but I failed to find any data about where it may have come from.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over South Fork Sangamon River on TR 428, 2.5 mi. east of N City
Location
Sangamon County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built or relocated here in 1954
Design
Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 231.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 20.5 ft.
Also called
TR 428 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.67167, -89.49278   (decimal degrees)
39°40'18" N, 89°29'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/286188/4394286 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Edinburg
Inventory numbers
IL 084-3187 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15652 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2011)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 43.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
175

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • July 3, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: Added approach type
  • June 28, 2012: New photos from Fmiser
  • March 14, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Street view
  • March 2, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Added design

Sources 

  • Dale Travis - djtravis [at] dalejtravis [dot] com
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Sangamon River Bridge
Posted July 9, 2014, by Dennis Dickey (ddickey618 [at] aol [dot] com)

Grew up in this area and the story that I have heard was that the bridge at Cascade was moved from Lick or Sugar Creek when Lake Springfield was built in 1934, since it would have been underwater at full pool. When the bridge was put in, the creek was completely dry making the work much easier. There used to be a thriving town at Cascade, but nothing but the bridge left.

Sangamon River Bridge
Posted July 4, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I would have to agree with you. Seems like way too much lacing here for a 1950's truss bridge. 1920's to 1930's seems more appropriate.

The lower chord with it's laced pairs of angles is very unique.

Sangamon River Bridge
Posted July 3, 2012, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

When I got to it, it struck me that this is a big bridge! The size of the members, the clearance height, etc. After visiting the Bolivia Road bridge this one is massive.

Regarding the build date, it would really surprise me if this were built so recent as 1954. It feels to me like a 1930's.

I included a photo of some of the concrete rubble near the north abutment. Is it just misc. rubble? Or is it broken pieces of an old bridge?