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Stone Church Road Bridge


view looking north

Photo taken by Kim Harvey in November 2008


BH Photo #128604



Steel stringer bridge over Elkhorn Creek on Stone Church Road
Washington County, Illinois
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1925; rehabilitated 1971; replaced 2014
Tubular Piers
Has evidence of a previous wooden deck
Length of largest span: 47.9 ft.
Total length: 96.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.34972, -89.58833   (decimal degrees)
38°20'59" N, 89°35'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/273816/4247789 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
IL 095-3071 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 38220 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 27.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 10, 2015: Updated by Kim Harvey: Replaced 2014
  • February 2, 2011: Updated by Kim Harvey: this bridge is doomed
  • November 25, 2008: New photos from Kim Harvey
  • November 24, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey

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Stone Church Road Bridge
Posted January 10, 2012, by Andy Jankowski (andyj [at] hometel [dot] com)

After looking at the enlarged photo of the piers, I now see my original assumption was incorrect. The piers are poured concrete, not riveted steel like I thought. So, it looks like the entire bridge (including the piers) was replaced. However, I still stand by my claim that this bridge and the mystery bridge are one in the same.

Stone Church Road Bridge
Posted November 23, 2011, by Andy Jankowski (andyj [at] hometel [dot] com)

The terrain in the background of photo three of four of the Stone Church Road Bridge bears a striking resemblance to the terrain shown in the background of the "Mystery Bridge" photo. The years also coincide since the "Mystery Bridge" was damaged by a flood in the early 70s and the Stone Church Road Bridge was rehabilitated in 1971. Lastly, the superstructure of the Stone Church Road bridge does not appear to be circa 1925 construction. However, its piers do resemble those commonly built during that period. It is reasonable to assume that after the flood damaged the original bridge, the trusses and deck were removed and replaced with more modern steel I-beams. However, the superstructure we now see was simply constructed on the original piers. I would say the "Mystery Bridge" shown in the 1970s photo is that of the original Stone Church Road Bridge.