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Chesterville Bridge


Photo taken by Dale Travis


BH Photo #112798


Lost through truss bridge over Kaskaskia River on TR 151, east of Chesterville
Douglas County, Illinois
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1895
- Chicago Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
5-panel pin-connected Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 103.0 ft.
Total length: 105.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.7 ft.
Also called
Kaskaskia River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.70524, -88.38738   (decimal degrees)
39°42'19" N, 88°23'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/381063/4395962 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2002)
Inventory numbers
IL 021-4512 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15201 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 3, 2022: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 13, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status per forum post
  • June 21, 2012: New photo from Ruth Reynolds
  • March 26, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "5-panel truss", "Pin-connected"
  • March 26, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • October 12, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • October 4, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • May 15, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Changed name and added builder
  • February 17, 2009: Updated by Wes Worsham: Changed design type and added design description


  • Dale Travis - djtravis [at] dalejtravis [dot] com
  • Wes Worsham
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Ruth Reynolds - ruthmusic [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Chesterville Bridge
Posted January 13, 2013, by aaron holt

Bridge is gone and replaced.

Chesterville Bridge
Posted March 26, 2012, by Nathan Holth

This rare bridge is to be DEMOLISHED. I have no idea if Section 106 occurred, however it should have applied unless Illinois uses a 30 year old historic bridge inventory.

Contract No. 91473 Douglas County District 5 Section 07-02122-01-BR TR 151 Project BROS-41(100)

Project consists of the removal of the existing single span thru truss bridge, construction of a three span precast prestressed concrete deck beam bridge (27" depth) on spill thru abutments and pile bent piers, aggregate approach roadway and all other incidental items to complete the work on TR 151 over Kaskaskia River, 0.20 miles east of Chesterville;

Federally funded

Chesterville Bridge
Posted March 1, 2012, by Aaron Holt

This bridge is now closed to vehichle traffic. The east stone embankment is starting to crack apart. It appears they are still letting the Amish cross it with they're buggys but no cars.