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St. Francisville Bridge


West end

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in April 2009


BH Photo #139154

Street View 


St. Francisville bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Timber stringer bridge over Wabash River Overflow on TR 257 (formerly Big Four Railroad)
Lawrence County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Illinois would like to put a dual lane bridge over this overflow, so future is bleak for this structure. UPDATE: Bridge is definately doomed
Built 1906 for Big Four Railroad, converted to single lane road bridge after railroad was abandoned
- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway (CCC&StL; Big Four)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
Timber stringer
Length of largest span: 17.1 ft.
Total length: 1,054.2 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.60222, -87.63694   (decimal degrees)
38°36'08" N, 87°38'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/444538/4272828 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Francisville
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
IL 051-6008 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 39964 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 2, 2021: New photos from Steve Conro
  • March 18, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Street view
  • June 7, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • April 24, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson
  • February 21, 2009: Added by Robert Stephenson


  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • James Norwood
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com


St. Francisville Bridge
Posted October 27, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is the bridge in question. "Doomed" tag was placed on it as early as 2013.

St. Francisville Bridge
Posted July 21, 2020, by spuwho (edwaleni5yahoo [dot] com)

IDOT has allocated $7 million dollars to update this bridge in FY2021 after closing it for a week in the Fall of 2019 for a full inspection.

The tolls were increased from .50 to $1 to cover the increased minimum wage of the toll collectors.

Traffic on this bridge has been increasing gradually annually as more residents of St Francisville use it to access resources in Vincennes.

St. Francisville Bridge
Posted October 15, 2013, by Nathan Holth

This bridge is indeed doomed:

Contract No. 95719 Lawrence County District 7

Section 09-00011-00-BR (ST. FRANCISVILLE)

TR 257 Project BROS-101(47)

This project consists of the removal of the existing structure and replacement with a single span PPC deck beam bridge including HMA approaches and earthwork, located over the Wabash River overflow in the City of St. Francisville; includes 584 cu yd earth and channel excavation; 355 cu yd furnished excavation; 500 ton stone riprap, Class A4; 995 sq yd aggregate base course, Type A 12"; 156 ton HMA binder course, IL-19.0, N70; 96 ton HMA surface course, Mix "C", N70; 1 removal of existing structure; 26.2 cu yd concrete structures; 1,176 sq ft PPC deck beams (17" depth); 2,810 lb reinforcement bars; 245 ft furnishing steel piles HP 10X42; 112 ft pipe underdrains for structures 4"; federally funded; (A Special Provision for this contract requires insurance that names additional insureds). (Completion Date: March 31, 2014) (Job No. C-97-043-13) (7-10491-0000) (See the Special Provisions for the DBE Percentage)