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2803rd Road Overpass


Photo taken by Steve Conro in October 2011


BH Photo #223997


Abandoned bridge and piers from original alignment of 2803rd road. I contacted the local highway dept to inquire of the age or date it was abandoned and no one could recall. The south approach would have also crossed the I&M Canal and 5-6 piers still remain. One pier sits right along the I&M Canal Trail.


Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over CSX RR (former Rock Island RR) on Abandoned alignment of 2803rd Rd
LaSalle County, Illinois
Abandoned but intact, approach piers remain
Pony plate girder on concrete piers. The height of the piers suggest the approach would have been quite long.
Total length: 90.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.33210, -88.90537   (decimal degrees)
41°19'56" N, 88°54'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/340558/4577376 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Starved Rock
Inventory number
BH 51102 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,926)
Girder (11,163)
Illinois (4,927)
LaSalle County, Illinois (99)
Plate girder (8,719)
Railroad (16,452)
Through girder (4,185)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,780)

Update Log 

  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • January 28, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro
  • January 27, 2012: Added by Steve Conro



Abandoned 2803rd Road Bridge
Posted January 29, 2012, by Sene Smania

The I & M Canal was authorized by Congress in 1822 but they did not come up with any funding. The first construction contracts were awarded in 1836 and it was officially opened in 1848. It was officially closed in 1933 when the Illinois Waterway--the series of locks and dams on the Illinois River--was opened.

North 27th Road was realigned to the Chicago, Ottawa, and Peoria RR (the interurban railway) ROW after 1915 when a gravel pit was extended across the old road. The realignment ended 1/2 mile west of Buffalo Rock Park and 2803rd Road intersected further to the east. This info is from the book 'Hiking the Illinois & Michigan Canal and Exploring its Environs', Philip E. Vierling, author, copyright 1986

The south approach of the abandoned bridge intersected with Dee Bennett Road (North 27th Road) to the east-- between the entrance to Buffalo Rock and the "new" 2803rd road. The old bridge was a narrow structure with a steep grade on both the north and south approaches in addition to some curves. It was a good place to stay away from in the winter.

Abandoned 2803rd Road Bridge
Posted January 29, 2012, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Didn't see a bridge plate. The replacement was built until 1978. Garmin still shows its a road today. Looking at old platte maps it shows the crossing present in 1892 with no canal. Then crossing broken in 1906 with the canal and the link highway reestablished by 1921. So sometime in the 1910-1920 era. The current 27th rd follows an old electric line route. The piers next to the road are still 25' high so they must have started out some distance away. This must have been quite a structure in its day.

Abandoned 2803rd Road Bridge
Posted January 27, 2012, by Gene Smania

You might try checking the plans for the bridge which replaced it as well as the bridge plate. A reference book on the I & M Canal, copyrighted 1986, has a map showing the relocated road and bridge, so it was closed before that time.