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West Bureau Creek Bridge


Finished Product

Move completed, bridge is reopened.

Photo taken by Steve Conro in July 2012


BH Photo #234809


This bridge used to be a non-historic 1979 concrete bridge which has deteriorated and needed to be replaced. In a wonderful preservation solution, a historic truss bridge on the busier County Highway 8 over Hennepin Canal will be replaced, with the historic truss span being moved to this location and rehabilitated.


Restored bridge from CR-1400 East moved to this location
Bureau County, Illinois
Future prospects
A non-historic bridge has been demolished and replaced with this historic County Highway 8 Bridge that previously crossed the Hennepin Canal.
Built 1931; rehabilitated 1982; moved in 2011
Riveted Pratt through truss
Span length: 115.5 ft.
Total length: 115.5 ft.
Deck width: 22.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.35129, -89.56634   (decimal degrees)
41°21'05" N, 89°33'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/285307/4580932 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
IL 006-3243 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 48241 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2007)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 57.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built 2011 (76)
Built during 2010s (477)
Bureau County, Illinois (121)
Illinois (4,929)
Modern (2,673)
Open (40,968)
Owned by township (3,284)
Pratt through truss (6,055)
Pratt truss (10,295)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,554)
Through truss (16,773)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,378)
Truss (35,449)

Update Log 

  • August 23, 2020: Updated by Tyler: Updated with NBI info from current bridge
  • November 29, 2019: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • July 8, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro
  • January 24, 2012: New photos from Gene Smania
  • December 17, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated information
  • December 17, 2011: Updated by Steve Conro: Changed name, updated info, staus and added photos
  • February 24, 2011: Added by Nathan Holth

Related Bridges 



West Bureau Creek Bridge
Posted July 8, 2012, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I thought it sort of misleading that no mention of original construction date. New plaque reads built in 2011.

West Bureau Creek Bridge
Posted December 17, 2011, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

And here's the final proof

TR-271A Bridge
Posted February 24, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

Ceee-le-BRAAAA-tionnn!! WOO-HOO!!!

TR-271A Bridge
Posted February 24, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Illinois is going for SHOCK value here!.......

A UCEB going down at the expense of a truss bridge!!!!

TR-271A Bridge
Posted February 24, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

One other thing, this positive story is so unbelievable I thought it might be nice to share the proof. Here is a link to the plans for this project from the IDOT website. http://eplan.dot.il.gov/desenv/061110/87380-306/PLANS/pl8733... Most of the plan sheets involving the truss are toward the end of the file.

TR-271A Bridge
Posted February 24, 2011, by Kim Harvey

This news is full of win.

TR-271A Bridge
Posted February 24, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

HA! I love it!! This is not only wonderful to see, but also encouraging, as hopefully many more roadway agencies will see what is being done here and see for themselves that historic truss bridge rehabilitation is really the best solution for a situation like this, because all sides win! We who highly value these beautiful and historic bridges get to see one here replace a nasty concrete UCEB that is nearly 50 years NEWER!! Also, the side that wants a safe crossing is getting just that--a newly rehabilitated, safe span that, with proper care and maintenance, will be around for another century for everyone to enjoy!

TR-271A Bridge
Posted February 24, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

In a state that preserves so few of its rural historic truss bridges, I was surprised and extremely happy to find a unique and wonderful preservation solution in the works here. This ugly and inferior 1979 concrete bridge will be demolished and replaced with a higher quality bridge... a rehabilitated 1931 historic Pratt truss: http://www.bridgehunter.com/il/bureau/6324410738/.