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Franklin Street Bridge


Ariel view, showing bascule span open

Photo taken by James P. Carr


BH Photo #190243


Lost Bascule and through truss bridge over Illinois River on Franklin Street in Peoria
Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, and Tazewell County, Illinois
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1913, replaced by the Bob Michael Bridge in 1993
Parker through truss with one Bascule lift span
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.68500, -89.59198   (decimal degrees)
40°41'06" N, 89°35'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/280964/4507021 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Peoria East
Inventory number
BH 43519 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 2, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 17, 2014: New photo from Gene Smania
  • December 10, 2011: Updated by J.P.: updated location to reflect bridge crosses county line
  • December 13, 2010: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • October 19, 2009: Added by Kim Harvey

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Franklin Street Bridge
Posted October 3, 2022, by Max Wawrzyniak (wawrzyniak [dot] max [at] gmail [dot] com)

Northbound 1977 or 1978. TP&W swing span visible on left

Franklin Street Bridge closing Dec 1993 newspaper article
Posted December 14, 2012, by Gene Smania (lsmania [at] mtco [dot] com)

Peoria Journal Star newspaper article on closing of Franklin Street Bridge, December 1993 photos by Larry Brooks, article by Mark Fitton

Franklin Street Bridge
Posted December 13, 2010, by Jacob P. Bernard (jacob_bernard [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It should be noted that the bascule span was originally from a concrete arch bridge built in 1909 and collapsed in the same year; that's the reason why the bascule span wasn't aligned with the through truss.

Franklin Street Bridge
Posted February 3, 2010, by Jeff S. (oakwoodsvp [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This was a really cool old bridge, very narrow and long. This pic was taken in the early 1980's on the East Peoria side of the river.