UP Wood River Bridge (South)

Warren Through Truss Bridge over Wood River
Near East Alton, Madison County, Illinois

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Name UP Wood River Bridge (South)
Built By Chicago & Alton Railroad
Contractor American Bridge Company of New York
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 160 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 20 Feet(Estimated)
Superstructure Type Warren Through Truss
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1923
Traffic Count 2 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 260.90
Significance Moderate Significance
Documentation Date June 2016
In 1857, the Tonica and Petersburg Railroad began construction of a 61 mile line between Bloomington, Illinois and Petersburg, Illinois.
At the same time, the railroad continued to build southwest, towards Jacksonville.
In addition, the Jacksonville, Alton and St. Louis Railroad began building 60 more miles from Jacksonville to Godfrey, a point near Alton.

In 1862, the St. Louis, Jacksonville and Chicago Railroad took hold of both railroad companies, and completed the line.
This railroad became part of the Chicago & Alton Railroad by 1899. It served as a branch line, connecting to the mainline on both ends.

With a failing traffic base, the Chicago & Alton was purchased by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1931. It was reorganized as the Alton Railroad.

By 1947, the railroad was failing again and was purchased by the Gulf, Mobile & Northern Railroad, which renamed the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad.

This continued to operate until 1972, when it was merged with Illinois Central Railroad, to form Illinois Central Gulf.

By 1978, the line began to fall. Interstate Highway 55 replaced the general routing, and the route was removed from Jacksonville to Bloomington by 1980.

By 1987, the ICG was purging excess lines; and sold the remaining portion to the Chicago, Missouri & Western Railway.

This railroad failed in 1989, becoming part of the Gateway Western Railway. By 1997 became a part of the Kansas City Southern, the current owners of this line.

This simple Warren Through Truss bridge crosses a small reminder of the old mainline which was replaced during the Godfrey Cutoff.
The bridge is a medium sized Warren Through Truss located in East Alton. It crosses the river with a single 6-Panel Warren Through Truss with riveted connections.
In addition, it rests on concrete substructures. The structure is really hard to get photographs of. Because of this, the author hopes to return soon.

The author has ranked this bridge as being moderately significant, due to the common design and newer age.
The photo above is looking north across the bridge.


Source Type


Build Date 1979 ICG Track Profile
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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