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Hungry Hollow Bridge

Photos 

The replacement

The old bridge was replaced by this modern truss, which opened in Spring, 2007.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2007

BH Photo #110108

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over North Fork Vermilion River on County Highway 1
Location
Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1935; replaced 2006 by a modern through arch bridge
Design
Skewed 8-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 150.9 ft.
Total length: 246.6 ft.
Deck width: 23.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.1 ft.
Also called
Vermilion River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.13667, -87.65472   (decimal degrees)
40°08'12" N, 87°39'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/444224/4443131 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Danville NW
Inventory numbers
IL 092-0106 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15708 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 12, 2013: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard
  • May 16, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Changed common name
  • May 5, 2010: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • April 24, 2010: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by Jacob P. Bernard
  • April 17, 2010: New photo from Robert Stephenson
  • January 28, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Mike Roegner

Comments 

North Fork River Bridge
Posted August 1, 2010, by Mike Roegner (roegner [at] soltec [dot] net)

The Hungry Hollow Road bridge was completed in 1935, but just barely. A December 8, 1935 newspaper article indicates that the project was held up by cold weather. Concrete for the north approach span had been poured and forms were being built for the center span. The south approach still had to be paved.

In 1935 WPA funds had become available for road improvements, and some of that money was to be used to pave Hungry Hollow Road. Even though the bridge would be finished, the road work would not be finished until the Spring of 1936.

R. McCalman, Inc. of Danville was the contractor for paving the road and bridge. Worden-Align Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was contractor for the steelwork and removal of the old bridge.

I had figured that the old bridge was probably a steel truss bridge - and I was wrong. The newspaper described it as "a wooden automobile bridge". It was dismantled and the pieces marked, then reassembled over the North Fork River in Harrison Park. It was used there until the summer of 1945, when it fell into the river.

Vermilion River Bridge
Posted February 23, 2010, by Mike Roegner (roegner [at] soltec [dot] net)

I've taken several photos of the earlier bridge over the years and I can't find any of them. Here is a photo from the Commercial-News of the bridge being prepped for demolition. It was a skewed truss that crossed the North Fork at a slight angle.

When the new tied arch bridge was built they had placed lights below the roadway that illuminated the arch, and was a nice effect.

Had J.R. Manning walked the road to the river he'd find that the old old south abutment from the old old bridge is still there and fortunately wasn't destroyed when they built the tied arch bridge. That was either an unusual case of historical sensitivity on the city's part, or it just happened to be outside the kill zone.

Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.