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Meredosia Bridge


West Approach

Photo taken by Nathan Morton in August 2007


BH Photo #127241

Street View 


Cantilevered through truss bridge over the Illinois River on IL 104 at Meredosia
Meredosia, Morgan County, Illinois, and Pike County, Illinois
Demolished 08/29/2018
Future prospects
Bridge closed as of 3 pm 06-19-2018. Demolition completed 08-29-2018
Built 1936; rehabilitated 1984: closed June 2018; Demolished 08/29/2018
2 span Warren Through Truss (approach spans)
1 Span Cantilevered Warren Through Truss (main span)
Length of largest span: 566.7 ft.
Total length: 2,231.3 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.83056, -90.56528   (decimal degrees)
39°49'50" N, 90°33'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/708351/4411787 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IL 069-0016 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15569 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 13, 2020: New photos from Darren T Snow
  • November 30, 2018: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • November 28, 2018: New photo from Jeremy Ruble
  • August 29, 2018: Updated by Jeremy Ruble: Updates as lost
  • June 23, 2018: New photos from Jeremy Ruble
  • June 19, 2018: Updated by Jeremy Ruble: Updated closing info
  • May 11, 2016: Updated by Elliott Johnson: the building of a replacement is underway
  • November 22, 2011: New photos from Jeremy Ruble
  • November 7, 2008: New photos from Nathan Morton
  • November 1, 2008: New photo from Kim Harvey

Related Bridges 


  • Kim Harvey
  • Meredosia Bridge Project
  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jeremy Ruble - jaruble1982 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Elliott Johnson - elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Darren T Snow


Meredosia Bridge
Posted August 2, 2018, by lyon_wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Meredosia Bridge
Posted March 8, 2015, by Lyon Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

IDOT wants to replace and demolish the Meredosia bridge by 2018.


Illinois Department of Transportation officials are reviewing bid documents for construction of the proposed Illinois Route 104 bridge over the Illinois River at Meredosia, work on which should begin in the next few months, according to an IDOT official.

Contractors submitted bids for the project in January. The apparent low bidder was Halverson Construction Co. of Springfield at $75 million.

“I would anticipate construction would begin this spring, pending the awarding of the contract and the relocation of utilities,” said Jeff Myers, acting program development engineer for IDOT District 6. He said construction of the new bridge and demolition of the current 1936 bridge should be completed by fall 2018.

“Property has been acquired in Meredosia, and the buildings in the proposed bridge right-of-way will be demolished as part of the contract,” Myers said.

EXP, a Chicago engineering firm, designed the proposed tied-arch bridge, which will be 2,127 feet long and 44 feet wide, with concrete piers and a concrete deck. It will be located about 250 feet north of the existing bridge.

EXP is also designing a new bridge that will carry U.S. 67 across the Illinois River at Beardstown.

The Meredosia bridge project also will involve construction of a storm water pump station for the town.

Myers said the old bridge has been deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. “It has served its useful life, but it will still be serviceable through the completion of the new bridge,” he said.

Meredosia Bridge
Posted May 25, 2011, by Lyon Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

According to the local newspaper, the new Illinois River bridge at Meredosia will be a block north of the existing bridge.

Construction on the replacement bridge is supposed to begin in 2015.


Meredosia Bridge
Posted June 16, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Keep in mind the Seneca Bridge http://bridgehunter.com/il/la-salle/seneca/is going to be demolished soon too. The Illinois River is getting hit hard.

I did photo-document the Seneca Bridge earlier this year, I just don't have the photos online yet. The weather was horrible (mist/light rain and 40+mph wind) but I did get full photo-documentation of the bridge.

The need for me to photo-document all surviving historic bridges on the Illinois River is quite apparent.

Meredosia Bridge
Posted June 16, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Imagine that!......A cantilevered span being targeted for demolition!! (His voice dripping with sarcasm)

Meredosia Bridge
Posted June 16, 2010, by Lyon_Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

IDOT wants to replace the 74 year old IL-104 bridge on the Illinois River at Meredosia, IL IDOT's still deciding if the new bridge will be close to the current bridge on the current alignment of IL-104 through town, or just south of Meredosia on a new bypass that would have to be built if IDOT decides on this option.


Meredosia Bridge
Posted June 16, 2010, by Beth Large (mom [dot] large [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is slated to be torn down and replaced possibly with a bridge and new route that will by pass meredosia altogether.