Abandoned Rooks Creek Bridge

Closed Spandrel Concrete Arch Bridge over Rooks Creek
South of Pontiac, Livingston County, Illinois

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Name Abandoned Rooks Creek Bridge
Built By Bloomington, Pontiac & Joliet Interurban
Contractor Fisher Construction Company of Joliet, Illinois
Currently Owned By Private Owner
Length 300 Feet Total, 85 Foot Spans
Width 1 Tracks
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Type Concrete Arch
Date Built 1909
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is Abandoned)
Current Status Abandoned
The Bloomington, Pontiac & Joliet interuban was originally intended to connect Joliet, Illinois to Bloomington, Illinois. Construction began in 1905.
The original line connected Dwight and Pontiac, but expansions were made south to Chenoa and north to Wilmington, but never were used.

The line directly paralleled US-66, which eventually took the traffic. The line only connected Dwight and Pontiac for its life, and was abandoned in 1925.

This failing concrete arch likely never saw real train, and was abandoned after completion.

The bridge was built with four spans, and a semi decorative look to it.

The bridge will likely continue to deteriorate, until it collapses. Unfortunately, over 100 years of abandonment have taken a harsh toll on the bridge.

The bridge sits next to the Union Pacific Bridge.
The photo above is an overview.
Unfortunately these photos were not as good as I would have hoped, and I intend to take more in the near future.

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