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Renwick Road Bridge

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Overview

Photo taken by Dale Travis

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BH Photo #112787

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Du Page River on Renwick Road
Location
Plainfield, Will County, Illinois
Status
Open to one-lane traffic
Future prospects
Bridge to be bypassed by a new span and preserved
History
Built ca.1890 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Pin-connected, 9-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 150.9 ft.
Total length: 155.8 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.9 ft.
Also called
Spring Banks Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.59238, -88.22442   (decimal degrees)
41°35'33" N, 88°13'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/397950/4605243 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Plainfield
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
4,150
Inventory numbers
IL 099-3120 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15752 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2008)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 9, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • March 13, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed date as WIBCo. did not exist in 1912, bridge is ca.1890
  • July 18, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed date to pre 1900 as the Wrought Iron Bridge Co. was sold that year.
  • February 28, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Alternate name and Year built
  • December 6, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • April 2, 2005: Posted new photos

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Comments 

Renwick Road Bridge
Posted April 16, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Thanks for the photos and update, I haven't been out to the bridge since before construction, and was curious to see how it looked these days.

Renwick Road Bridge
Posted April 16, 2014, by Langdon Designs (admin [at] langdondesigns [dot] com)

Recently took a walk past the Renwick Road Bridge since all of the construction finished. It is amazing to still see this bridge standing and a great little location to visit on a walk. See more photos at http://photography.langdondesigns.com/Gallery/The-One-Lane-B...

Renwick Road Bridge
Posted July 18, 2011, by Andy

Chalk one up to IDOT, thisbridge will be saved. Renwick Rd will be attached directly with a bridge over the Dupage River and the RR. The road will no longer run over this one lane bridge. The new bridge will have one lane in each direction and a sidewalk.

The old road will be rename Old Renwick Rd and the road will end in a cul-de-sac on the east side of the river and the road will end at the RR on the west side of the river. I'm not sure the bridge is being saved specifically as a pedestrian bridge as no trail is being built and if you did walk across the bridge you would have to cross the train tracks and the new bridge has a sidewalk. So it looks like they are saving it for the community, the nearby housing developments to enjoy and of course because of its historical value.

The 3 homes located between the RR and the river that will no longer be accessible be road will be torn down. Some houses on the east side of the river where the new road and bridge will be constructed will also be torn down.

If you want more info the project is Item 92 in the August 5th letting for IDOT

Renwick Road Bridge
Posted June 22, 2008, by Rob

I recently moved to a home fairly near this bridge. It is still in service for vehicular traffic as of June, 2008. The way the streets run now, Renwick Road heads west from Joliet toward the river and terminates at River Road; turning South on River Road for a few hundred feet, Renwick Road resumes westward over the bridge, and then turns northwest before resuming its original westward course, more or less aligned with the portion of the road on the east side of the river.

An earlier commenter stated that they hoped this bridge would be preserved if it is ever replaced. My understanding is that the Village of Plainfield hopes or hoped to extend Renwick directly west, bypassing this bridge and installing a new bridge over the river. This bridge would remain in place as a pedestrian bridge. There was a proposed plan for this on the Village of Plainfield website approximately at the time I moved here (November 2007) but I can't seem to locate it now. In order to directly connect Renwick Road, though, a handful of homes in the path of the proposed connection would have to be acquired and demolished.

Renwick Road Bridge
Posted December 13, 2007, by Anonymous

Plaque is gone now. That's a shame.

Renwick Road Bridge
Posted December 13, 2007, by Anonymous

Good for you Mr Travis. I visited this bridge earlier this year...in October...but got there as it was getting dark. I'm glad you got some good recent pictures for us. When I was there, this bridge was heavily traveled. Two SUVs got nose to nose on the one lane bridge. It is surrounded by fabulous luxury homes. The area has changed a lot since I grew up there in the '60s and '70s.

I Got some good pictures of the 135th street bridge in Lemont though. As you know, it is preserved next to the canal it once crossed.

Renwick Road Bridge
Posted November 5, 2007, by Anonymous

Here's one picture I took when it was getting dark....more and better to follow from friend in the area soon I hope.

Renwick Road Bridge
Posted October 28, 2007, by Jack Needy

Just visited this bridge on Oct 20th 2007. It is indeed a one lane bridge. It was near sunset when I got there but it looked like it was in decent condition...possibly like it had recently been primer coated. This is a very heavily traveled road. It seems this area has become very popular with the expanding housing market of the greater Chicago area. The bridge is surrounded by VERY large and expensive homes. Like I said, it is very heavily traveled at times. I saw two cars go head to head on the one lane bridge. I hope that if they replace it with a larger bridge, that they preserve this one. A friend in the area will take pictures for us later.