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Tazewell & Peoria Railroad Bridge
Illinois River Railroad Crossing
Peoria, IL

Tazewell & Peoria Railroad Bridge

• Structure ID: N/A
• Location: River Mile 160.7
• River Elevation: 440 Feet
• Railroad: Tazewell & Peoria Railroad
• Daily Traffic Count: 20 Trains Per Day (Estimated)
• Bridge Type: Steel Truss W/Lift Span
• Bridge Length: 1,075 Feet (Estimated), 350 Foot Longest Span (Estimated)
• Bridge Width: ??? Feet, 2 Tracks
• Navigation Channel Width: 307 Feet
• Height Above Water: 19 Feet
• Date Built: 1909
The Tazewell & Peoria was formed to operate the assets of the former Peoria & Pekin Union Railway. The T&P handles traffic on both sides of the Illinois River handling 100,000 cars per year with trackage rights to 150 miles of track.

This bridge is the key railroad bridge over the Illinois River in the Peoria area. Several railroads use this bridge including the CN and BNSF, and several industries depend on this bridge including Caterpillar. The bridge dates back to 1909. The original lift mechanism was replaced with a new lift span in 1984. The bridge is operated by remote control from a control tower located at a nearby railroad junction. The bridge is set up for two parallel railroad tracks, but one of the tracks is no longer in use.

These two photos were taken from the Cedar Street with a telephoto lens pointed nearly into the sun. It is surprising that they turned out as well as they did. This was the only location I could find to photograph this bridge. The south side of the bridge is all industrial, so it is off limits. The north side has a rail line and trees, so I wasn't able to find an angle. I did find a sand and gravel yard just south of the bridge where I might be able to sneak a photo or two. I'll try that the next time I pass though Peoria.

Tazewell & Peoria Railroad Bridge

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