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Wheeler Avenue Bridge

Prospect Street Bridge

Wheeler Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 30, 2013
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Wheeler Avenue (Prospect Street) Over Turtle Creek
South Beloit: Winnebago County, Illinois: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
138 Feet (42.06 Meters)
Structure Length
140 Feet (42.67 Meters)
Roadway Width
17.7 Feet (5.39 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This Bridge's Future Is At Risk!

This historic bridge is at risk for demolition and replacement with a non-historic pedestrian bridge!

This bridge is a pin-connected through truss. Local news articles suggested the bridge was built in the 1890s. However, the end post of this bridge has a very faint brand that appears to read "Jones and Laughlin" without an "s" on the end, which suggests a post-1905 bridge. In either case, the bridge, which was closed to vehicular traffic in 1995, is an attractive historic bridge. There have been plans to put in a pedestrian trail system at this bridge's location. Although reusing historic bridges like this for pedestrian use is a great way to create functional landmarks on trail systems, and can also be cost effective, there has been talk of demolishing and replacing the historic bridge with an ugly modern pedestrian bridge.

The bridge is in need of rehabilitation, as the cantilevered sidewalk (on the east side) is falling off, and the top chord is sagging on the east side in this same area. If reused for pedestrian use, the sidewalk likely would be removed completely, which would likely help in repairing the top chord.


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