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Vachel Lindsay Bridge


View facing north-west of the whole span

Photo taken by Fmiser in November 2011

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


BH Photo #234320


Street View 


Renovated in 2011. Details here. The unusual design type is reported by this site. There is a pedestrian tunnel under the east roadway approaching the bridge.


Multi-span concrete cantilever built to simulate a closed-spandrel arch bridge over Lake Springfield on Long Bay Drive
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1933
- Burns & McDonnell of Kansas City, Missouri
Concrete cantilever designed to look like a multiple arch.
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 1,398.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Long Bay Drive Bridge
Lindsay Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.72690, -89.59585   (decimal degrees)
39°43'37" N, 89°35'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/277524/4400668 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New City
Land survey
T. 15 N., R. 5 W., Sec. 25
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IL 084-9916 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 44899 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 54.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 29, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: changed type, added photos
  • June 28, 2012: New photos from Fmiser
  • May 19, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This Bridge Is Now Slated For Rehabilitation.
  • May 10, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: builder, NRHP
  • April 17, 2010: Added by Kim Harvey


Long Bay Drive Bridge
Posted November 17, 2014, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

Lindsay Bridge under Construction over what was Sugar Creek, now Lake Springfield.

Long Bay Drive Bridge
Posted November 3, 2011, by Gregg Brown (greggb1969 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is now open as of November 1, 2011.

Long Bay Drive Bridge
Posted May 25, 2011, by Ron Turner (ront1959 [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge is known as the Vachel Lindsay Bridge, named after a local poet / author.