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Sugar Creek Overflow Bridge


Sugar Creek Overflow Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in July 2011


BH Photo #222572


Street View 


Pony truss bridge over Sugar Creek Overflow on TR 144, 2 mi. southeast of Hartsburg
Logan County, Illinois
Closed to all traffic
Riveted Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 54.1 ft.
Total length: 56.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.22262, -89.40331   (decimal degrees)
40°13'21" N, 89°24'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/295512/4455236 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lincoln West
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
IL 054-5304 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15456 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2016)
Sufficiency rating: 16.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 3, 2017: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • August 28, 2013: New photos from Steve Conro
  • July 3, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Closed to all traffic
  • December 29, 2011: New photos from C Hanchey
  • May 22, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Sugar Creek Overflow Bridge
Posted September 5, 2018, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited here afternoon of 8-18-2018 following a funeral in Hartsburg, for wife's aunt. Bridge is still here, easily accessible by 'blacktop' 1 mile off main road. From the north end you have to beat your way thru the summer over growth on this overflow pony truss just to get to the bigger span 75 yards beyond this.

This bridge is still solid but you can see very large rust holes in the truss uprights that are severely compromised. Didn't get my normal allotted time to explore and photograph because my wife was with me and kept honking the horn! Have other relatives nearby so I hope to come back again. Only took about 25 pics vs normal 125+. Still this is a neat relic to visit. I did take a video walk thru and will post later.

Next time I'm bringing my shears/loppers with me to cut back the overgrowth shrouding this pony truss and get a view of both bridges at same time.

Sugar Creek Overflow Bridge
Posted July 3, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Field visit July 2, 2017: This pony truss is getting quite grown over. The classic photo of the pony truss with the through truss in the background is not possible anymore, at least in the summer.