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Shade-Lohmann Bridge
Illinois River Highway Crossing
Creve Coeur, IL

Shade-Lohmann Bridge

Eastbound Span
• Structure ID: NBI 000090010828845
• Highway: I-474 (Eastbound)
• Bridge Length: 3,421 Feet, 543 Foot Longest Span (Estimated)
Westbound Span
• Structure ID: NBI 000090010928846
• Highway: I-474 (Westbound)
• Bridge Length: 3,425 Feet, 543 Foot Longest Span (Estimated)
Statistics Common To Both Spans
• Location: River Mile 158.0
• River Elevation: 440 Feet
• Daily Traffic Count: 36,700 (2003)
• Bridge Type: Steel Truss Through Deck, Twin Parallel Spans
• Bridge Width: 39 Feet, 2 Lanes (Each Span)
• Navigation Channel Width: 500 Feet
• Height Above Water: 65 Feet
• Date Built: Constructed 1973 To 1975, Dedicated August 1978
The Shade-Lohmann Bridges area two very large parallel span steel through truss bridges that carry I-474 over the Illinois Waterway just south of the city of Peoria. Despite its prime location as a bypass around the busy Peoria area, this is actually the third most busy river crossing in the Peoria area.

Prior to the upgrade of I-74 through downtown Peoria in 2004 to 2007, trucks were requested to stay off of I-74 and use the I-474 bypass instead. The I-474 bridge was rehabilitated in a project that completed in 2002. The floor deck systems on both bridges experienced cracking problems and had to be replaced. In addition, many of the rivets used on the bridge had to be replaced.

The bridges are named after J. Norman Shade and Martin B. Lohmann. Shade was the mayor of Pekin from 1942 to 1945 and was elected to the Illinois state House of Representatives. Lohmann was elected to the Illinois state House of Representatives in 1923, and to the Illinois state Senate in 1932. He served in the Senate until 1953.

Shade-Lohmann Bridge
Shade-Lohmann Bridge
Shade-Lohmann Bridge
Shade-Lohmann Bridge
Shade-Lohmann Bridge
Shade-Lohmann Bridge
Shade-Lohmann Bridge
Shade-Lohmann Bridge
Shade-Lohmann Bridge

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