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Iroquois 2470 Bridge

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Iroquois 2470 Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 13, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Iroquois 2470 Over Sugar Creek
Rural: Iroquois County, Illinois: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1907 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
99 Feet (30.2 Meters)
Structure Length
101 Feet (30.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.7 Feet (4.79 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This historic bridge was demolished in 2007!

The date listed in the national bridge inventory for this bridge was 1927. Given that this bridge looked extremely similar to a number of other bridges in the county built in the early 1900s, and also that this bridge was pin connected, this is certainly an incorrect date. This bridge likely dated to early 1900s. The best guess is that the "2" was a data entry error in the inventory and 1907 would reflect the correct date. This would put the bridge right in line with other similar bridges that once existed in the county.

This bridge was a six panel pin connected Pratt through truss. It featured a wooden deck and channel railings. V-lacing was present on the verticals, sway bracing, and under the top chord and end posts. It was similar to other Iroquois County truss bridges that once existed, yet each bridge had its own personality that was strongly derived from its surroundings, which complimented the bridges whether the setting was a wooded setting or an open farmland setting. With this bridge, the wooded setting was scenic, although the bridge was difficult to get good photos of.

It is bad enough that Iroquois County been systematically demolishing and replacing all of its historic metal truss bridges since the turn of the 21st Century. However, in some ways this bridge suffered an even worse fate. The bridge was closed to traffic, and soon after simply demolished. No replacement bridge was constructed in its place. The bridge was not in the way of any project. As such, the demolition was a waste of both money and history. The bridge could have been left standing closed to traffic as a non-functional historic exhibit. Leaving abandoned historic metal truss bridges standing is not unusual among surviving bridges of this type in the United States. If it can be done in other places, it could have been done here in Iroquois County. Leaving it standing abandoned would also have kept the bridge in existence, which would have left a door open for it to be rehabilitated, either in place or relocated somewhere else, perhaps for pedestrian use only. With the bridge demolished, these possible future doors to preservation have been slammed shut, locked, and the key thrown away.


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