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NS - I-55 Overpass


Wabash Railroad Bridge #176.??

View looking south from I-55

Photo taken by James Holzmeier in November 2014

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)


BH Photo #308981


Pony/through girder bridge over I-55 on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
Open to rail traffic
Built 1962
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Pony/through girder
Length of largest span: 81.0 ft.
Total length: 414.5 ft.
Also called
Wabash - I-55 Overpass
Wabash Railroad Bridge #176.??
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.82757, -89.59283   (decimal degrees)
39°49'39" N, 89°35'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/278107/4411836 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Springfield East
Inventory numbers
IL 084-0013 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 64258 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 1, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: edited name to most common, added unknown Wabash bridge number to alternate names box
  • December 13, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Changed bridge build year, as well as changing bridge name to reflect an unknown Wabash bridge number
  • November 25, 2014: Added by James Holzmeier



Wabash Railroad Bridge #177.5
Posted December 13, 2014, by James Holzmeier (wabashry [at] gmail [dot] com)

OK, here goes. The Wabash RR Bridge Book I now have lists Bridge 177.5 as being (by my calculations) 3.54 miles west of Bridge #173 over the Sangamon River, in Riverton. Using Google Earth I calculated that the Bridge #177.5 reflected in the Bridge Book should actually be an overhead-grade bridge carrying US Rt. 66 over 3 railroads (Illinois Terminal, Wabash and Illinois Central) at Starne, Illinois. So...Bridge #177.5 is now IL Rt. 29, or Dirksen Hwy, which is Old Rt. 66.

Therefore, I am changing this particular bridge to reflect an unknown Wabash bridge number. It should be Bridge #176.__. Since, as reflected by an earlier commenter, it was erected in 1962, it would still have been a Wabash RR bridge and as such would have been assigned a Wabash bridge number.

More to follow. When I can find out the official bridge number, I'll update the entry.

Thank you for your input!!

James Holzmeier

Wabash Railroad Historical Society

Wabash Railroad Bridge #177.5
Posted December 13, 2014, by James Holzmeier (wabashry [at] gmail [dot] com)

This entry was completed with a different document than what I have in my possession now. Will check the new documentation to see if new information is provided.

Wabash Railroad Bridge #177.5
Posted December 12, 2014, by Luke

NBI says 1962

Wabash Railroad Bridge #177.5
Posted December 12, 2014, by Bill Graber (foursecretary [at] aol [dot] com)

Not sure how the date is 1939 as this is over I-55 which wasn't built until the early 1960's. The line was paralleled by the Illinois Terminal as it left Springfield/Starnes Station which some remnants exist and the IT portion was abandoned after 1956. There was no bridge for the IT built? I think the date is wrong unless it was moved here from somewhere else.