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UP - Rooks Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Steve Conro in December 2012

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BH Photo #244873

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through plate girder bridge over Rooks Creek on Union Pacific Railway
Location
Livingston County, Illinois
Status
Open
History
Built in 1928 as a two track. Only one track remains.
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Chicago & Alton Railroad (C&A)
- Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad (GMO)
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Recently upgraded for Amtrak high speed rail
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 45.0 ft.
Total length: 215.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.81442, -88.67763   (decimal degrees)
40°48'52" N, 88°40'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/358511/4519510 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Southwest Pontiac
Inventory number
BH 54968 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 16, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • December 29, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Ballasted Deck", "Railroad"
  • December 20, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Amtrak", "Union Pacific Railroad"
  • December 20, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Added category "Chicago & Alton Railroad"

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Comments 

Rooks Creek Interurban Viaduct
Posted January 1, 2014, by Tim Hickernell (tim [at] hickernell [dot] net)

Oops. Sorry for the confusion. I see someone already split these and gave the interurban viaduct its own record. That's what I get for using Google instead of coming straight to the Bridgehunter's search engine.

Rooks Creek Interurban Viaduct
Posted January 1, 2014, by Tim Hickernell (tim [at] hickernell [dot] net)

I know the presence of the concrete arch viaduct has always perplexed people, since the interurban was not completed south of Pontiac as planned. However, I was able to find a historical record that the money to build the viaducts between Pontiac and Chenoa was indeed awarded to a bridge builder in Bloomington. So if anyone could find a bridge maker's mark that matches this record, that would solve the mystery for good.

http://books.google.com/books?id=O5YfAQAAMAAJ&dq=pontiac%20i...

Page 400, extreme lower left.

At some point, we should probably split this record and give the interurban viaduct its own record in the database.

UPRR Rooks Creek Bridge
Posted December 29, 2013, by Sue Patterson (sue [dot] patterson50 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A photo came up for discussion in a Pontiac IL group discussion on Facebook and I feel that of all the Livingston County Bridges you have listed here that this the most likely spot it could be. My theory is that this was the abandoned bridge of the double track and that the photographer is standing on the existing possibly redone bridge as the photo seems to be angled down. It would be really nice to get some input as the location of the bridge.

Thanks in Advance.