Beardstown Bridge

April 6, 2015


Brandon Dudley, P.E. is Acting Bridge Maintenance Engineer for IDOT District 6. He has provided the following update on work at the Beardstown Bridge.

We are preparing to start construction on the emergency bearing replacement project at the Illinois River Bridge in Beardstown. Our contractor plans to move out traffic signals and reduce traffic to one lane starting Tuesday, April 7th, weather permitting. One lane of traffic will remain open for the duration of the project. We are also still hopeful to complete a previously scheduled expansion joint replacement job on this structure at the conclusion of the emergency contract. That being said, we cannot at this time say what the total duration of construction activities will be. We appreciate your patience as we work to make sure this bridge stays safe and operational.


December 16, 2014

Update on the current status


The current load posting of the Beardstown Bridge is due to concerns surrounding the bridge bearings for the sixty year old bridge.


The repair plan is a two phase approach.  Phase one consists of replacing some steel members near the bearings and installing a temporary shoring system on top of the bridge piers for added safety.  Phase two consists of replacing the bridge bearings.  Phase one is being undertaken by the IDOT Day Labor Unit and phase two will be performed under contract.


Phase one of the repair was started by Day Labor late in November once the repair details had been drawn and necessary materials were fabricated.  Day Labor has continued to work long hours and weekends as weather permits.  Once phase one repairs are complete, the 15 ton posting will be raised to legal loads only.  IDOT is hopeful that these repairs can be completed and the posting raised by the end of the year.


Phase two of the repair will be accomplished through an emergency construction contract that was recently awarded to Sangamo Construction of Springfield.  The contractor is currently in the shop drawing review process for the fabrication of the new bearings.  The contractor has been instructed to begin work as soon as the new bearings are delivered which will likely be in early March.  Completion of the repair contract is expected to be late spring or early summer.


It is important to note that even after phase one is complete and the load posting is raised to legal loads, the underlying cause of the problem will not be resolved until phase two repairs are complete.  If further damage is observed before the completion of phase two, it is possible that the 15 ton posting will need to be reinstated.  This situation is not expected, but is possible.





November 17, 2014

A new load restriction is being place on the Beardstown Bridge.

Due to findings in the 2014 inspection of the bridge, the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Bridges and Structures has instituted a 15 ton load restriction.

The department will be signing a detour route for trucks. (According to District 6- the detours could be for a couple months.) All vehicles over 15 tons should follow the marked detour route.

Questions can be directed to the District 6 Operations at 217-782-7314.


November 18, 2014 Update

Update on the Beardstown Bridge

The Department is aware of the serious impact that the 15 ton loading posting of the 60 year old US 67 bridge over the Illinois River in Beardstown has on the traveling public, the local industry, and trucking. However, safety is our first priority. The Department is working as quickly as possible to address the issues discovered during a recent bridge inspection that led to the current 15 ton posting. IDOT crews are currently designing and fabricating temporary repairs for the bridge. The tentative start date for temporary repairs is December 1, 2014. It is estimated these temporary repairs will take one month to complete, however, weather will play a significant factor. Once these temporary repairs are in place, the load posting is expected to be raised to only allow legal weight loads to cross the bridge. This will allow truck traffic to resume across the bridge. The 15 ton load limit could be re-instituted if ongoing inspections reveal additional damage. IDOT will also be expediting a long term repair contract. We are hoping to have the long term repairs complete sometime this summer. Users of the structure should expect the bridge to be under construction most of next year. We regret the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we resolve this safety concern.


Map of the Detour


beardstown bridge detour map (3)


The detour from the intersection of US 67 and IL 104 east of Meredosia to Rushville is 34 miles.

The detour from Virginia through Havana to Rushville is 62 miles.

A detour from the west side of the river to the east side of the river is 56 miles via Mt. Sterling and Meredosia, and 71 miles via Havana and Virgina.