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Spring Valley Bridge



Photo taken April 2005 by Brent Freesmeyer

BH Photo #102135


Street Views 


Lost five-span through truss bridge over the Illinois River on IL 89 south of Spring Valley
Bureau County, Illinois, and Putnam County, Illinois
Bridge was imploded August 22, 2018
Built 1934; rehabilitated 1989; Demolished 2018
Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 364.0 ft.
Total length: 1,775.1 ft.
Deck width: 22.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.31227, -89.19946   (decimal degrees)
41°18'44" N, 89°11'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/315892/4575756 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Spring Valley
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IL 078-0006 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15039 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
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: 22 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 23, 2018: Updated by Daniel: Bridge has been demolished
  • February 3, 2015: New photos from Gene Smania
  • January 13, 2015: New photos from Gene Smania
  • November 30, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • April 12, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • May 4, 2005: Posted photos by Brent Freesmeyer

Related Bridges 



Spring Valley Bridge
Posted August 22, 2018, by Ron Johnson (mfpd24 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The last 3 spans were imploded about 8:30 this morning, bridge is gone. LaSalle News Tribune has pictures and video on their website.

Spring Valley Bridge
Posted August 10, 2018, by Ron Johnson (mfpd24 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The LaSalle News Tribune has an article today that says the southern 2 spans will be imploded this Tuesday, 8/14/18.

Spring Valley Bridge
Posted August 7, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It says its the Henry Bridge but this video is actually of the Spring Valley deck demolition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30fZ5jja0rM

This bridge's full demolition is imminent.

Spring Valley Bridge
Posted April 7, 2016, by Michael Taylor (Battlebotguy2 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yet another bridge that could be restored and still have hundreds, of years of life ahead. Instead IDOT has decided to tear it down and replace it with an ugly concrete slab that will rot away in a few years.

Spring Valley Bridge
Posted March 17, 2011, by Gene Smania

Bridge plate from Spring Valley Bridge

Spring Valley Bridge
Posted March 12, 2011, by Gene Smania

1939 photo by Art Kistler, IDOT employee. 1927 photo by unknown, supplied by Tom Romanowski.