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Blakeman Bridge


West side, looking North

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in February 2009


BH Photo #133127


Three-span arch bridge over Embarras River on TR 193 (Old IL 130)
Coles County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1907 by the Mercantile Bridge Co. of Paris, IL
- Mercantile Bridge Co. of Paris, Illinois
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 96.4 ft.
Total length: 258.8 ft.
Deck width: 18.3 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 30, 1981
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.45721, -88.14699   (decimal degrees)
39°27'26" N, 88°08'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/401321/4368143 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Charleston South
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
IL 015-3133 (Illinois bridge number)
NRHP 81000212 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 15082 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 16, 2019: New photo from Curtis Hudson
  • July 24, 2016: New photos from David Huffman
  • November 17, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • April 17, 2010: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • February 8, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson



Blakeman Bridge
Posted January 26, 2022, by Lisa Ruble (lisaruble0521 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Located approximately two hundred feet downstream from the Illinois 130 Bridge, in 1981 the bridge was being used as the detour bridge on the highway. Built in 1907, it replaced an iron through-truss at the same location. It is a triple arch, earth-filled, steel-reinforced concrete structure. The location of the bridge was the site of Benjamin Parker's mill in the 1830s. It historically has been a gathering spot for Hutton and Charleston Township residents and was the scene of many early social and religious activities, including baptisms. In 1981, the bridge is one of only four earth-filled, steel-reinforced bridges in the twelve area counties that comprise Illinois Highway District 5.

Blakeman Bridge
Posted July 6, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

IDOT Bid tabulations show that in 2008 a contract was let to replace the railings with what appear to be replicas and also perform some other repairs to the bridge. Attached is a section from the plans showing the replacement railing.

Blakeman Bridge
Posted March 2, 2008, by Lynn Klec (glak86 [at] mchsi [dot] com)

My 91 year old father tells me that his father, Raymond Hampton, helped build this bridge. Are there any records that list names of the crew that worked on this bridge?

Embarras River Old IL 130 Bridge
Posted February 7, 2007, by Alex Peck (a [dot] peck [at] mchsi [dot] com)

C. 1910 postcard of the Blakeman's Bridge, Old Rt. 130, Coles Co., IL