There were once a number of bridges very similar to this one on the Illinois River. Thanks to rampant demolition of these spectacular landmark bridges, this is one of the last surviving examples. The bridge features an large and impressive Pennsylvania truss channel span flanked by smaller Parker through truss spans which are in turn flanked by steel stringer spans. This bridge retains good historic integrity with no major alterations to the truss spans noted. Given the loss of other similar bridges this bridge should be given a high preservation priority. However given IDOT's past record with these bridges, it seems doubtful that the bridge will be preserved. The other bridges of this design were replaced by bridges that might set a world record for ugliest bridge. The loss was not only in terms of heritage, it was also in terms of beauty. A similar loss can be expected here should IDOT move to demolish and replace this bridge.
The previous bridge at this location was a metal pin-connected through truss.
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This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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