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Bolivia Road Bridge

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Photo taken by Dale Travis

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Description 

Unusually elaborate portal decorations. The pony truss approach span has had two bents added under the two joints. It appears the truss is no longer carrying any load.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Sangamon River on Bolivia Road (TR 518)
Location
Sangamon County, Illinois, and Christian County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement with a slab of concrete.
History
Built 1901
Design
Pin-connected Parker through truss main span.
Single pin-connected Half-hip Pratt pony approach span.
19 additional stringer approach spans on the north.
Single stringer approach span on the south.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 180.0 ft.
Total length: 621.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 28, 2004
Also called
Lanesville Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.76751, -89.34545   (decimal degrees)
39°46'03" N, 89°20'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/299105/4404584 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mount Auburn
Inventory numbers
IL 084-3214 (Illinois bridge number)
NRHP 03001464 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 15644 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2011)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 27.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
100

Update Log 

  • July 6, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: Updated types, added description.
  • June 28, 2012: New photos from Fmiser
  • March 15, 2011: New Street View added by K. A. Erickson
  • March 15, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • April 18, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge type.
  • April 17, 2010: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • March 14, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Street view

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Comments 

Bolivia Road Bridge
Posted July 28, 2013, by Brandi (baggybritches05 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge is still there and it tact. Drove over it with my brother twice today

Bolivia Road Bridge
Posted May 28, 2012, by Dale Travis (djtravis [at] dalejtravis [dot] com)

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.

Bolivia Road Bridge
Posted April 26, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

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.

Bolivia Road Bridge Named to 10 Most Endangered list
Posted April 6, 2011, by Richard Sklenar (sklenarrj [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Landmarks Illinois has today named this bridge as one of the ten most endangered landmarks in Illinois.

http://www.landmarks.org/ten_most_2011_bolivia_road_bridge.h...

Bolivia Road Bridge
Posted March 15, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Tony,

The people who made the map were simply looking ahead to the demolition which is currently planned for this bridge.

Bolivia Road Bridge
Posted March 6, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They make it sound like a moratorium..... as of last year the bridge was still there.

Bolivia Road Bridge
Posted March 6, 2011, by Andrew Jankowski (andyj [at] hometel [dot] com)

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.