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Rockland Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Steve Conro

Bridge Documented: February 24, 2018

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Rockland Road Over Desplaines River
Location
Libertyville: Lake County, Illinois: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1921 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
1990
Main Span Length
152.0 Feet (46.3 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
30 Feet (9.14 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Trusses demolished in 2018.

Note: Span length is an estimate. This bridge was built in 1921 as the western span of a bridge that carried US-51 over the Kaskaskia River Bridge at Vandalia, Illinois. This span was relocated here in 1962. Reportedly, the span was delivered to Libertyville in 5 truckloads and saved the city over $40,000. The bridge was a replacement for a previous bridge at this location, as surviving stone abutments under the bridge make apparent. In 1990, a new concrete bridge was built, but the trusses were reused as decorations, placed on top of the new bridge. At some point, the truss span was widened from their original width. However, in 2018, the bridge was closed when it was determined that the trusses had deteriorated and even as decorations were at risk for collapse. Thus, this bridge serves as a grim reminder. Sometimes, placing a truss as a non-structural decoration on a replacement seems like a good compromise at the time. However, such agreements should always include an agreement to maintain the decorative trusses as if they were structural elements. Although they are just decorations, the steel must still be maintained so the truss can continue to support itself. This has been a problem with other similar compromises elsewhere. HistoricBridges.org suggests that no State Historic Preservation Office should sign off on this type of alteration as an outcome of Section 106 mitigation unless a commitment to maintain the non-structural trusses is present.

 

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