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Murray Baker Bridge

Murray Baker Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: April 13, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
I-74 Over Illinois River
Location
Peoria and East Peoria: Peoria County, Illinois and Tazewell County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal Cantilever Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1958 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2005
Main Span Length
600 Feet (183 Meters)
Structure Length
3,036 Feet (925 Meters)
Roadway Width
55 Feet (16.76 Meters)
Spans
5 Main Span(s) and 8 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
90000119656

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This bridge is a large riveted cantilever truss bridge. It is noted both for its roadway width of 55 feet, making it wider than most riveted cantilever truss bridge. It is also noted for its unusual configuration with five spans of cantilever trusses. Most cantilever truss bridges have a traditional three cantilever truss spans. This span configuration gives the bridge a distinctive landmark appearance.

In 2005, this bridge was spared demolition despite a need for a larger interchange that encroached into the truss. To solve the problem, several truss panels of the northern end of the bridge were removed, and a new portal bracing was installed, essentially shortening the bridge so it was not in the way of the new interchange. Before the truss was shortened, the bridge length was 3,216 feet (980.2 meters) and after it became 3,036 feet (925.3 meters).

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
40.687980,-89.583590

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