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IC - TR 303 Overpass



Lost arch bridge over TR 303 on Illinois Central Railroad 2 mi. north of Oconee
Shelby County, Illinois
No longer exists
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 20.0 ft.
Total length: 43.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.31917, -89.10167   (decimal degrees)
39°19'09" N, 89°06'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/318825/4354301 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
IL 087-3193 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15668 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Arch (12,100)
Closed-spandrel arch (3,992)
Deck arch (11,339)
Illinois (4,647)
Illinois Central Railroad (582)
Lost (24,735)
Owned by county (20,783)
Railroad (15,414)
Shelby County, Illinois (52)
Span length under 25 feet (6,894)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,193)

Update Log 

  • July 18, 2008: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Status and overview



TR 303 Bridge
Posted May 16, 2012, by Gary Sims (Gary [dot] Sims [at] illinois [dot] gov)

Reply to Heather and all,

The pictures requested unfortunately would not get much better than the ones seen on this site under "Opossum Creek ICRR Bridge". The pictures of that bridge are actually of the south half of the double arches. After the TR 303 arch began to spall, the abandoned railroad embankment was cut and the road now goes through with no overhead structure. It's a shame really, but for safety and funding reasons it was the best decision. As far as hauntings go, I have never heard of any mysterious happenings and have deer hunted the property for 15+ years. There was however a mountain lion in the area a few years back that was witnessed by many.

TR 303 Bridge
Posted February 25, 2012, by heather (heatherwoolar30 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

we would really like a picture of what the arches look like today! please! is it haunted?

TR 303 Bridge
Posted February 10, 2011, by Gary Sims (Gary [dot] Sims [at] illinois [dot] gov)

Actually grew up a couple of miles from this bridge. The referenced bridge still exists but is no longer in use. After locals discovered spalling concrete approxiamtely 1 ft. in diameter in the center of the road one morning, the "Double Arches" as it is locally known, was closed until the adjacent Railroad embankment was "cut through" and the roadway was reopened. The Railroad has been abandoned for quite some time. The bridge was named the "Double Arches" because this is a double closed spandrel arch bridge. TR303 went through the north arch and Opposum Creek was routed through the south arch. It was a well known hangout spot for local teenagers and just about anyone from the area would have a great story to tell about the Arches. There is also a single arch about a half-mile south of this one carrying the ICR tracks over a tributary of Opposum Creek. Pretty neat area that offers some great deer and mushroom hunting, but sorry folks...this one is privately owned.