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Shawneetown Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: May 27, 2019 and August 29, 2021

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
IL-13, KY-556 (Garfield Street) Over Ohio River
Location
Old Shawneetown: Gallatin County, Illinois and Union County, Kentucky: United States
Structure Type
Metal Continuous 24 Panel Rivet-Connected Modified Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Continuous 12 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1956 By Builder/Contractor: Allied Structural Steel Company of Chicago, Illinois and Engineer/Design: Sverdrup and Parcel of St. Louis, Missouri
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
825.0 Feet (251.5 Meters)
Structure Length
3,200.0 Feet (975.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s) and 14 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
113B00045N

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This is a late but unaltered example of a large-scale truss bridge designed by Sverdrup and Parcel. Similar to earlier bridges designed by the company, it features a main span unit of two continuous truss spans, while also including a two-span continuous unit deck truss approach span. Both are designs that the company used in earlier bridges. This bridge is located next to Old Shawneetown, Illinois which today is a ghost town with some preserved historical buildings. The actual community of Shawneetown was moved to a new city further away from the river after a terrible flood of 1937. According to Wikipedia, "Shawneetown served as an important United States government administrative center for the Northwest Territory. Shawneetown and Washington, D.C., share the distinction of being the only towns chartered by the United States government."

A news article reported that Allied Strurctural Steel of Chicago built the superstructure, while Traylor Brothers of Evansville, Indiana built the substructure. The Kentucky approach was built by R. B. Tyler Company of Louisville, Kentucky. 

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Above: Sheet from the original plans for the bridge.

Above: Historical article from The Times: December 26 1956.


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