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Prairie du Long Creek Bridge



image taken March 2009

Photo taken by Sharon Spear

BH Photo #146202


Getting to the bridge 

Written by Sharon Spear

Most of county road L is a paved black top road. But the approach road is between several planted fields. The road is nothing more than graded dirt in this area. The road was dry the day we visited this bridge. I can image it's a muddy mess to travel after a rain. I do recall seeing a sign about a very large fine for "four wheeling" in this area. The creek looks like it can do some flooding of the dirt road.


Pony truss on L Road over Prairie du Long Creek northwest of Red Bud
Monroe County, Illinois
Abandoned with portions of deck missing
Built ca. 1910
Pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 81.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.27072, -90.02583   (decimal degrees)
38°16'15" N, 90°01'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/760189/4240037 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
IL 067-3043 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15556 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 23.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 27, 2017: Updated by James Baughn: Downgraded status to abandoned
  • November 18, 2015: Updated by Elliott Johnson: bridge is closed
  • March 2, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Added design
  • September 12, 2009: Essay added by Sharon Spear


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