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2 suspension bridges were found for search criteria: IMB . All 2 bridges from the search results appear below. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. If you don't see what you were looking for, try an image search with the same criteria: IMB. This will find the bridge if it is pictured on the site, but is not a catenary suspension bridge.
1939 Sullivan-Hutsonville
Hutsonville, Illinois and Sullivan, Indiana, USA (Wabash River)
Bridgemeister ID:196
Structurae ID:0008022
Coordinates:N 39.1101 W 87.6551
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BPL, IMB, SJR19880926
Principals:Steinman & Robinson, R.V. Milbank, Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co., Charles J. Glasgow
Use:Vehicular (two-lane, with walkway)
Status:Demolished, 1989
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:350f
Side spans:2 x 150f
Deck width:20f
  • Demolished 1989. This bridge was Steinman's attempt at a self-anchored suspension bridge and met a controversial demise in 1989. An article in the September 26, 1988 issue of the Springfield, IL "The State Journal-Register" describes the ongoing controversy. The company to which the $100,000 demolition contract was let offered to turn the money over to save the bridge. The locals agreed, but the company's Chief Engineer Stephen Schneider was quoted, "I think Indiana really wants to tear it down. They've been ... forced to send inspectors out every two weeks. I think they just want the headache gone." Gary Abell, spokesman for the Indiana Dept. Of Highways said its design is "not one of the best. It works in theory, but not in practice. This is like trying to save a mistake." After a lot of back-and-forth, the locals gave up, "We've had it with them. We don't want anything more to do with it. They can tear the damn thing down." Animosity toward this bridge continues 13 years after its demolition. In 2002, in an email to Wayne Grodkiewicz (who provided me with much information about this bridge), an INDOT representative said, "I am not sure why you are interested in that bridge, but from our stand point, it was a very poorly designed bridge that had many many problems from the day that it was completed, until it was brought down."
  • See Historic Bridges of the United States | Hutsonville Bridge | Crawford County, Illinois.
Parke County, Indiana, USA (Sugar Creek - Turkey Run State Park)
Bridgemeister ID:269
Structurae ID:0011092
O'Donnell ID:364
Coordinates:N 39.88926 W 87.19948
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~192f
  • IMB states, "The original bridge collapsed into Sugar Creek in 1917... the state's Department of Natural Resources promptly replaced the old with current structure."
  • James Rader writes in 2008: "Three years ago flooding came up high enough to allow a couple of uprooted Sycamore trees to hit the bridge ripping out a large section of the wood railing and flooring from the middle of the bridge. Bridge was immediately closed. Structural analysis was completed and repairs were made including all new floor planks. Bridge is in great condition and should serve for many many more years to come."
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell

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