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Springdale Cemetery Bridge South

   


Springdale Cemetery Bridge South

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: April 13, 2013
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Valley Drive Over Springdale Creek (Formerly Turkey Creek)
Location
Peoria: Peoria County, Illinois
Structure Type
Metal 2 Panel Kingpost Pony Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

View The National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For Springdale Cemetery

This bridge is one of two similar Kingpost truss bridges found in the Springdale Cemetery. Kingpost truss bridges are extremely rare. Additionally, the bridge has very bizarre design details, regardless of the type of truss configuration it has. The endposts appear to be a single rolled beam that is bent in the middle to form the top of the truss. The vertical members are essentially very long u-bolts, with the nuts found at the top, and the "u" portion wrapped around the deck stringers. Additional u-bolt hangers are present to hold the floor beam in place. A rod functions as an outrigger at the vertical member. Under the bridge there is an unusual longitudinal rod with turnbuckle that runs under the bridge and under the floor beam, acting like a post-tension rod. The deck is concrete. The bridge has pipe railings and cast iron ornamental posts at the ends of the bridge. The cast iron posts are ornate and appear to be an original detail. All parts of the bridge appear to be at least somewhat old, but it is not known if all of these details are original. The bridge is so unlike other bridges encountered it is hard to tell what might not be original. The floor beam is a rolled i-beam. The bridge sits on stone abutments.

Both bridges are listed as contributing structures to the National Register of Historic Places Springdale Cemetery Historic District. However, the nomination form does not detail the history of the bridges.

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