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Illinois Terminal - Tucker Tunnel

Photo 

View of old tunnel from the construction site as seen from the Post-Dispatch building.

Photo taken by Nathan Morton in March 2011

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BH Photo #195045

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over the Illinois Terminal Railroad tunnel on Tucker Blvd. in St. Louis
Location
St. Louis, Missouri
Status
Filled in. Tunnel has been filled in with new roadway built on top.
Future prospects
Tunnel has been filled in.
History
Built in 1931; demolished in 2010
Railroads
- Illinois Terminal Railroad (IT)
- Illinois Traction System (ITS)
- Interurban
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 32.2 ft.
Total length: 2,687.1 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 74.2 ft.
Also called
Tucker Boulevard Bridge
Illinois Terminal Railroad Transfer Tunnel
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.63343, -90.19597   (decimal degrees)
38°38'00" N, 90°11'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/744075/4279830 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Granite City
Land survey
T. 45 N., R. 7 E., Sec. 14
Inventory numbers
MONBI 12953 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 42565 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2007)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 21.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
20,000

Update Log 

  • March 9, 2011: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • May 13, 2009: Added by David Backlin

Sources 

  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Tucker Boulevard Bridge
Posted February 13, 2011, by Kim Harvey

It was used by the Illinois Terminal Railroad because their headquarters was in that area.

http://irrationalecstasy.blogspot.com/2006/01/illinois-termi...

Tucker Boulevard Bridge
Posted February 12, 2011, by Mark Dellbringge

Do any historians out there know what purpose this tunnel served? The only thing I can think of is that trains used the Iron Horse Trestle to get access, and deliver rolls of newsprint to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the former St. Louis Globe-Democrat newspaper (folded in October 1986, now on-line only). And then prior to the bridge demolition...that's when the homeless people (living underneath) got chased out.