Rating:
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Kankakee River Range Line Road Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Tom Hall

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BH Photo #115720

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Kankakee River on Range Line Road
Location
Lake County, Indiana, and Jasper County, Indiana
Status
In storage or disassembled
Future prospects
Scheduled to dismantled and stored for possible reuse in the fall.
History
Built ca. 1920
Design
Riveted Parker through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 167.0 ft.
Total length: 168.9 ft.
Deck width: 19.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.6 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
County Bridge #2
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.21861, -87.27583   (decimal degrees)
41°13'07" N, 87°16'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/476878/4563062 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shelby
Inventory numbers
INNBI 4500002 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16488 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2012)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 26.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
952

Update Log 

  • May 31, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.

Sources 

  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Kankakee River Range Line Road Bridge
Posted February 12, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Kankakee River Range Line Road Bridge
Posted November 25, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nathan,

I have no idea. My guess is that all or part of the truss collapsed during disassembly but was later recovered.

Regards,

Art S.

Kankakee River Range Line Road Bridge
Posted November 25, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

That article is confusing. Is it really referring to this bridge or something else? This is the only bridge I know of, but in another sentence it says the Rangeline bridge is already disassembled. Is it just a badly worded article? I mean the headline spells the road wrong.

Kankakee River Range Line Road Bridge
Posted November 25, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Kankakee River Range Line Road Bridge
Posted November 15, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Putting this span over a natural section of the river as a pedestrian bridge sounds like a winner to me!

Kankakee River Range Line Road Bridge
Posted November 14, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Being disassembled for reuse as a pedestrian bridge:

http://www.newsbug.info/kankakee_valley_post_news/news/histo...

Kankakee River Range Line Road Bridge
Posted May 27, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nathan,

Thanks for clarifying on both counts. glad to hear the bridge will be OK.

Regards,

Art S.

Kankakee River Range Line Road Bridge
Posted May 27, 2014, by Nathan Holth (Webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Art, unless you contact the newspaper and secure written permission it would be violation of law to post those copyrighted photos.

Also the bridge is not what I would call doomed. It has an MOA requiring the bridge be marked, dismantled, and stored and made available for reuse. The news article mentions this. Indiana is noted for doing this as opposed to Pennsylvania where a new owner must acquire the bridge immediately when it's replaced.

Kankakee River Range Line Road Bridge
Posted May 27, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Now Doomed:

http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/27630015-418/bridge-p...

Can someone transfer the pictures to this site?

Kankakee River Range Line Road Bridge
Posted April 6, 2009, by Kelly

I love this bridge! I drive across it all the time! This area is a very peaceful place for me. I love to fish here, grill at the pavilion or just sit at the side of the bridge listening to the water and birds. I really hope they don't take this bridge down. Its beautiful the way it is!

Kankakee River Range Line Road Bridge
Posted May 20, 2007, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

Nice old bridge and appears very solid. Notice the original guard rails, I don't think there was a 6" section that wasn't bent. This bridge sees a lot of traffic and from the looks of the railings not a lot of good drivers.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.