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Sangamon Valley Trail - Sangamon River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Elliott Johnson in April 2014

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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BH Photo #281919

Map 

Description 

This bridge was part of an abandoned segment of the St. Louis, Peoria and North Western Railway, later consolidated into the Chicago and North Western Railroad. It was constructed in 1911-1913 with $10.0 million in capital raised by the Chicago and North Western Railway to haul coal from Macoupin County mines operated by the Superior Coal Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chicago and Northwestern. The six Macoupin coal mines served by the St. Louis, Peoria and Northwestern yielded an estimated 2.0 million tons of coal annually, almost all of which was burned by the Chicago and North Western in its steam railway operations.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned deck truss bridge over Sangamon River on future Sangamon Valley Trail
Location
Sangamon County, Illinois
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1913, Approaches Added 1921
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- St. Louis, Peoria & North Western Railway (StLP&NW)
Design
Double-intersection Warren deck truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 1,200.0 ft.
Also called
C&NW Bridge #1848
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.86131, -89.71180   (decimal degrees)
39°51'41" N, 89°42'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/268037/4415883 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Springfield West
Inventory number
BH 50914 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 29, 2019: New photos from John Marvig
  • April 16, 2014: New photos from Elliott Johnson
  • January 12, 2012: Added by Steve Conro

Sources 

  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Elliott Johnson - elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Sangamon Valley Trail - Sangamon River Bridge
Posted November 13, 2020, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photo Credit: Roger Long

Sangamon Valley Trail - Sangamon River Bridge
Posted April 29, 2019, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

new deck

Sangamon Valley Trail - Sangamon River Bridge
Posted April 29, 2019, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

sangamon river foundation work photo

Sangamon Valley Trail - Sangamon River Bridge
Posted April 29, 2019, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

came across this photo

Sangamon Valley Trail - Sangamon River Bridge
Posted September 18, 2018, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is now open to the public for pedestrian and bicycle use only.

Sangamon Valley Trail - Sangamon River Bridge
Posted April 6, 2018, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

for future reference, the 5 truss spans pre-date the approaches and abutments. there were originally timber trestle approaches on each side of the trusses over the river. I believe those date to 1911 or 1912. Nearly a decade later, the steel spans and concrete piers and abutments were added. It is a very spectacular bridge and very grand in scale. The second track was never added, but the bridge was built big enough to handle 2 trains.

Sangamon Valley Trail - Sangamon River Bridge
Posted January 19, 2017, by Shayla Pfaffe (shaylapfaffe [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge "deck" is in the process of being replaced.

Sangamon Valley Trail - Sangamon River Bridge
Posted September 6, 2016, by DENNIS KIENZLER (ekienzler [at] halversonconstruction [dot] com)

Work has begun on the extension of the Sangamon Valley Trail extension. The main structure will remain but the deck will be reworked for bicycle/pedestrian usage.