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Grayville Railroad Bridge

Grayville Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 28, 2019

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Illinois Central) Over Wabash River
Location
Grayville: White County, Illinois and Gibson County, Indiana: United States
Structure Type
Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Rim Bearing Center Pier) and Approach Spans: Metal 8 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1892 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
2005
Main Span Length
238.0 Feet (72.5 Meters)
Structure Length
2,700.0 Feet (823 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge has a long, complicated history that includes collapses twice in its history. Historical photos of an unknown date show the main swing span of the bridge collapsed. As such, the construction date given for this bridge may refer to the approach spans and not the main swing span, if it was replaced after the collapse rather than repaired. If it was replaced, it was replaced with a bridge of similar design and appearance. The bridge was abandoned in 1996. Over the time of the bridge's active service some spans including an unusual lightweight pin connected pony truss span. In 2005 disaster struck again when the abandoned bridge lost some spans due to flooding. In fact the river appears to have shifted since this bridge was built as the swing span is off to the side in a shallow area with sand. The spans that remain standing today are old, lightweight (for railroad) spans that deserve to perhaps be relocated and preserved elsewhere in a park or on a trail for example. 

The spans of the bridge are as follows:

From east to west: Timber stringer approach, One 95ft. through girder span (built post 1945; originally 3-panel, pin-connected Pratt Pony truss), one 238ft pin-connected Pratt through truss swing span, four 157 ft. 8-panel, pin-connected Pratt through truss spans (two westernmost spans destroyed), six steel stringer spans (built 1972; originally timber stringers), timber stringer approach.

Currently only a few photos taken from nearby I-64 are available. See BridgeHunter for additional photos.

Below: Historical photos showing the collapse of the swing span.


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