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Lick Creek Railroad Bridge

Lick Creek Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: March 21, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Chicago and North Western Railroad) Over Lick Creek
Rural: Sangamon County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Lattice (Quadruple Warren) Deck Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
123 Feet (37.49 Meters)
Structure Length
425 Feet (129.54 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
3 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

Bridge dimensions given are extremely rough estimates. This rare multi-span lattice deck truss is a surprising find over this small creek. Technically, it goes over two waterways, Lick Creek plus a small tributary. It is abandoned. It is a traditional example of its type. The Chicago and North Western Railroad, unlike other railroad companies, preferred lattice truss bridges and built many of them. Thus, while lattice trusses are rare in general, they are more common on railroad lines associated with Chicago and North Western Railroad. There is a riveted steel stringer highway bridge on unusual roller bearings next to this bridge on Wesley Chapel Road which was not historic enough to be listed, but a few photos of it are included in the gallery too. The highway bridge appears to have since been closed to traffic.



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