The bridge I am talking about is the bridge above the temporary road bridge. Both bridges are crossing the Kishwaukee River. At this location, three different iron and steel bridges crossed the river. The iron road bridge was being replaced at the time of this photo. The replacement concrete structure had classic cast pillar and panel railings. I would say it was a significant loss when that bridge was also replaced with a wider concrete slab with Jersey barrier and concrete capped with tube railings. The only cosmetic attempt made was to include gaslight style streetlights that look totally out of place on such a bulky block of concrete. I suspect that IDOT probably even made the village pay for them.
BTW, these were the only photos I could find and I do not own the rights. Those belong to the Cherry Valley Historical Society and the Cherry Valley Public Library.
Finally, compare what the entrance to the village looks like with and without the truss bridge and look at how the new State Street Bridge completely blocks almost all views of the river below with its wide lanes, wider sidewalks and higher walls. Almost 50% of the view is nothing but concrete.
Someone please find a picture of the beautiful 3 span skewed lattice truss bridge that these plain girders replaced to show everyone what was lost!