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Beardstown Bridge



Photo taken by Bill Burmaster

BH Photo #102147


Street Views 


Through truss bridge over the Illinois River on US 67/IL 100 at Beardstown
Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, and Schuyler County, Illinois
Open to traffic. Weight restriction of 15 tons due to issues.
Future prospects
IDOT plans to replace this bridge with a tied-arch bridge in the next 3-5 years when funding becomes available.
Built 1955; rehabilitated 1973
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 540.1 ft.
Total length: 3,624.2 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.4 ft.
Also called
William H. Dieterich Memorial Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.01474, -90.44619   (decimal degrees)
40°00'53" N, 90°26'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/717958/4432517 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IL 009-0001 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15057 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 23, 2020: Updated by Jeremy Ruble: Weight restrictions removed
  • January 3, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • April 24, 2016: New photos from Steve Conro
  • October 7, 2015: New Street View added by Elliott Johnson
  • May 4, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • August 25, 2009: Updated by Kim Harvey: Future Prospects
  • November 7, 2008: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • January 9, 2006: Posted photos from Bill Burmaster

Related Bridges 


  • Bill Burmaster
  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • IDOT Beardstown Bridge Project
  • Kim Harvey
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Elliott Johnson - elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Jeremy Ruble - jaruble1982 [at] gmail [dot] com


Beardstown Bridge
Posted February 6, 2015, by abdi webo (amanwebo [at] yahoo [dot] com)

injustice plan that to make money for them self. taktik county lawyer and judge are some family. they just wanna to Rip of driver. GOD has to see we just prey that is all we can do.my lawyer said little town like Rushville IL you never win because of county lawyer and judge they seen every day they have lanch dinner.

Beardstown Bridge
Posted February 6, 2015, by abdi webo (amanwebo [at] yahoo [dot] com)

injustice plan that to make money for them self. taktik county lawyer and judge are some family. they just wanna to Rip of driver

Beardstown Bridge
Posted November 19, 2014, by Lyon Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I heard IDOT has imposed a 15-ton weight limit on the Beardstown bridge, which also makes the US 67 corridor less viable for truckers who wish to drive between the metro st louis area and the quad cities. I guess truckers will take I-55 to I-155 and I-74 if they have to travel from the st louis area to the quad cities. Maybe the weight restrictions will persuade politicians to appropriate funding for the proposed tied-arch replacement bridge.


Beardstown Bridge
Posted May 6, 2011, by Al Bertram (abertram8297 [at] charter [dot] net)

In regard to the comment of making it a two-lane, versus a four-lane bridge, to save money, I believe IDOT's plan is to make US 67 a multi-lane highway between Monmouth and Alton.

Beardstown Bridge
Posted June 16, 2010, by Lyon_Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

According to IDOT Itíll cost an estimated $187 million to build the proposed tied arch bridge for US-67.


I assume the proposed bridge is 4 lane. Of course the bridge isnít currently funded, and I wonder how much cheaper it would be to build the tied-arch span as a 2-lane next to the existing bridge and keep the old bridge for the other 2 lanes of a 4-lane US-67?

Beardstown Bridge
Posted August 3, 2007, by Ryan (ryan1326 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I am not positive on this fact, but I believe the Beardstown Bridge was built by the American Bridge Company. Is this correct? Also, my mother was brought to Beardstown in 1955, by my grandfather, who was a Metallurgist and a construction worker for the Beardstown Bridge. Thanks.

Ryan F.