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Chester Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 4-5, 2021 and August 28, 2021

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Location
Chester: Randolph County, Illinois and Perry County, Missouri: United States
Structure Type
Metal Continuous 20 Panel Rivet-Connected Modified Warren (Subdivided) Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Continuous 14 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1946 By Builder/Contractor: Massman Construction Company of Kansas City, Missouri and Engineer/Design: Sverdrup and Parcel of St. Louis, Missouri
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
670.0 Feet (204.2 Meters)
Structure Length
2,827.0 Feet (861.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
22 Feet (6.71 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s) and 12 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
6656

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This bridge's future is at risk!

Bridge Status: This historic bridge is slated for demolition and replacement by 2028! Interim rehab from September 7, 2021 to November 1, 2022

This bridge features distinctive two-span continuous through and deck truss spans, a design often used by its designer. This bridge has an unusual history in that the bridge was completed in  August 23, 1942 but only two years later a tornado hit the main spans of this bridge and collapsed those spans on July 29, 1944, with the approach spans being spared. The main spans were quickly replaced in-kind with the same design and opened by August 24, 1946. The bridge was a toll bridge until January 1, 1989.

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Above: Historical photo showing the destruction of the 1942 bridge.

Above: Historical photo showing the destruction of the 1942 bridge.

Above: Historical photo showing the destruction of the 1942 bridge.


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