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Sigler Bridge

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Sigler Bridge

Early morning view

Photo taken by Melissa Brand-Welch in October 2018

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BH Photo #435800

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 1925N
Location
White County, Illinois
Status
Derelict/abandoned with deck missing
Design
Pin-connected, 10-panel Camelback through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.15913, -88.14101   (decimal degrees)
38°09'33" N, 88°08'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/400037/4224085 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 4 S., R. 10 E., Sec. 19
Inventory number
BH 83052 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

10-panel truss (151)
Abandoned (3,222)
Camelback truss (312)
Illinois (4,184)
Lally columns (271)
Little Wabash River (40)
Missing deck (48)
One-lane traffic (7,522)
Pin-connected (3,622)
Through truss (13,348)
Truss (30,165)
White County, Illinois (62)
Wooden deck (5,909)

Update Log 

  • October 30, 2018: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 28, 2018: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 16, 2018: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 8, 2018: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 7, 2018: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 30, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

Just to clarify: Cherry Shoals is the Baltimore Truss, not this bridge.

Regards,

Art S.

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 29, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

FWIW Dexter, beet juice is not as cheap as salt and has to be mixed with salt to work. It's got its value but it's not the thing that's going to stop corrosion from de-icing.

Keep thinking--I give bonus points to senior projects that have a benefit to bridge preservation!

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 29, 2018, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Baltimore trusses were more common on Railroads and thus ones built for highway use are pretty rare. And it's a very old... possibly pre-1880 span from a firm that has less examples remaining that some of the more prominent companies.

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 29, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Luke, thank you for answering my question. I appreciate the information.

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 29, 2018, by Luke

Not Tony, but one of the reasons is that it's one of a handful of extant examples of the early work of a regional bridge manufacturer, and sadly those numbers are dwindling.

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 29, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tony, do you care to briefly explain why Cherry Shoals is special ?

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 29, 2018, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Seeing stringers rusted through is no big concern. They are thinner and thus more susceptible to section loss. In most occasions they have been replaced at some point, maybe more than once. From what I can see in the photos the truss members and floor beams appear to be in good shape!

And yes, even though the Cherry Shoals Bridge is the real gem and the Lowe Bridge is pretty special as well, it's always good to come across a large Camelback like this one!

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 29, 2018, by Dexter Funkhouser

Beet Juice

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 29, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The ravages of Demon Salt. Someone who wants to preserve old bridges needs to come up with a cost effective melter that is harmless to (or even protects) steel.

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 29, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I did not know the bridge was there until James found it while reviewing aerial imagery of the Little Wabash river. I have no idea when it was built or when it was closed. Cherry Shoals Bridge and Lowe Bridge are known in our county. This bridge is definitely a Hidden Gem.

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 29, 2018, by Daniel

if the approach stringers are rusted through in that many places, I wonder how long we have until the span falls into the river

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 28, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

My first photos were early in the morning. I went back today and had much better results.

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 8, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

View of remnants of approach on Crossville side...

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 8, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Another view of approach...

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 8, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Side view of remnants of approach from the side I went to this morning...

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 8, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

View from riverbank looking toward the Crossville side...

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 8, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

View from upper riverbank

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 8, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

After a approximately. 6 mile hike through waist high weeds on a remnant of the road I found the bridge

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 8, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Closed Road on 1925 E via Centerville road...

Sigler Bridge
Posted October 7, 2018, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

A pleasant surprise while looking at aerial imagery