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Joe Page Bridge


Driving across

Photo taken by Bill Burmaster

BH Photo #102143

Street View 



Dedicated on July 23, 1931, the bridge is named after Joseph M. Page (1845-1938). Page served in the Union Army during the Civil War and settled in Jerseyville after that conflict. Joe Page was involved in politics and served five times as Mayor of Jerseyville. Besides being responsible for the construction of the bridge that is named in his honor, he was instrumental in the creation of Pere Marquette State Park, in the establishing the area's water and electric light plants, and in bringing telephone service into Jerseyville. (source GreatRiverRoad.com)


Vertical-lift bridge over the Illinois River on IL 100 at Hardin
Hardin, Calhoun County, Illinois, and Greene County, Illinois
Open to two-lane traffic
Built 1930; rehabilitated 1983 & again in 2004
Vertical lift Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 310.9 ft.
Total length: 2,149.3 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Also called
Hardin Lift Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.16020, -90.61477   (decimal degrees)
39°09'37" N, 90°36'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/706087/4337264 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IL 031-0001 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15043 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 75 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 30, 2021: New photos from John Christeson
  • January 11, 2021: New photos from GS
  • December 1, 2018: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • June 29, 2017: New video from Mark Shannon
  • January 29, 2017: New photos from John Christeson
  • July 25, 2016: New photos from David Huffman
  • January 14, 2016: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • February 27, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • December 1, 2013: Photos imported by David Walker
  • August 24, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Changed name and added history,
  • January 1, 2010: New photos from Joe Virruso
  • November 14, 2008: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • January 9, 2006: Posted photos from Bill Burmaster


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  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
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  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • David Huffman
  • John Christeson - john_christeson [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mark Shannon
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Joe Page Bridge
Posted November 30, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Yup - not loading

Joe Page Bridge
Posted November 30, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Two of the last photos John uploaded are not loading for me. Does anyone else have that problem? Not sure of the cause.

John, if you confirm these photos are not displaying, maybe try deleting and uploading again?

Hardin Bridge
Posted March 12, 2011, by Gene Smania

This is a Strauss Vertical lift span structure. The photos were taken by Art Kistler, an employee of IDOT, in 1931. Electric motors provided the power to lift the span and a gas motor was used as a backup source of power. The original operator's house was located in the truss work above the lift span. During the rebuilding ca. 2003 it was relocated to the west span.

Hardin Bridge (Joe Page Bridge)
Posted March 5, 2010, by Brent Freesmeyer (bcfreesmeyer [at] msn [dot] com)

Here are some photos photos of the bridge with the main span lifted.

Hardin Bridge
Posted July 16, 2008, by Todd (hippiewalk [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is a good example of keeping a historic bridge rather than replacing it with the dreaded UCEB....

Hardin Bridge
Posted November 19, 2006, by John Huebner (johnhuebner [at] charter [dot] net)

This bridge was reworked in the recent past (2005?). Fully sandblasted, repainted. road surface replaced, guard rails replaced, looks fantastic.