a pickup truck damaged the guardrail on one of the north approach spans and will have the bridge closed until further notice.
The bridge is still there and it tact. Drove over it with my brother twice today
The bridge is still there May 27, 2012. It looks much the same as it when I was there Nov 9, 2007. My photos are at www.dalejtravis.com/interest/bridge/oldiron/htm/05556.htm.
Epic Failure: http://www.illinoistimes.com/Springfield/article-8571-the-br... The writer of this article demonstrates what happens when someone rambles on about something they know absolutely nothing about. This writer implies the bridge is common based on a 1983 survey, where probably 60% or more bridges have been demolished. Writer fails to acknowledge historic integrity and ornate portal design giving bridge great beauty. Writer completely unaware that bridges can be reused for pedestrian use for similar or less than cost of new bridge, saving money not wasting it.
Landmarks Illinois has today named this bridge as one of the ten most endangered landmarks in Illinois.
The people who made the map were simply looking ahead to the demolition which is currently planned for this bridge.
They make it sound like a moratorium..... as of last year the bridge was still there.
This bridge is featured on the cover of the Illinois Official Highway Map 2001-2002, with the inside fold caption reading: "This historic bridge crossed the Sangamon River near Bolivia in eastern Sangamon County." Photograph credit given to Roger McCredie, IDOT.