The first wholly concrete wagon bridge in Vermilion County.
Written by Mike Roegner
The term "wholly concrete" was a term used by the newspaper to describe this bridge. They didnít qualify the statement, but I think must have been referring to township road bridges as opposed to railroad bridges, as there were several concrete railroad bridges in the county at the time this bridge was built.
The bridge was reinforced concrete, 200 feet length with 4 spans of 50 feet. It was designed by Frank Payne, who was also the engineer that designed the Butler Ford bridge on the Salt Fork. Work began on this bridge May 15, 1910 which put it ahead of the Butler Ford bridge, whose contract was let on June 4, 1910. The bridge was completed about August 1st. Cost of the Wood Ford bridge was $6,500. It was in both Newell and Blount Townships, and both were responsible for the bridge.
Apparently no job was too big or too small for R.C. Spandau, the contractor. He was also a contractor for foundation work on the McKinley bridge in St. Louis.
- Lost concrete arch bridge over North Fork Vermilion River on CR2650 southwest of Bismarck
- Vermilion County, Illinois
- Replaced by new bridge
- Built 1910
- - Frank Payne of Danville, Illinois (designer)
- Richard C. Spandau of Danville, Illinois (contractor)
- Closed-spandrel concrete arch
Length of largest span: 50.0 ft.
Total length: 200.0 ft.
- Also called
- Leonard Bridge
Wood's Ford Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +40.24911, -87.62874 (decimal degrees)
40°14'57" N, 87°37'43" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/446526/4455596 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Danville NW
- Inventory number
- BH 47028 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- February 14, 2011: Updated by Mike Roegner: Changed bridge name to modern usage
- November 27, 2010: Updated by Mike Roegner: Added alternate name
- November 23, 2010: Essay added by Mike Roegner
- November 16, 2010: Added by Mike Roegner