McClugage Bridge

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McClugage Bridge
McClugage Bridge Peoria-820.JPG
McClugage Bridge from the east side of the Illinois River.
Coordinates 40°43′12″N 89°32′45″W / 40.72000°N 89.54583°W / 40.72000; -89.54583Coordinates: 40°43′12″N 89°32′45″W / 40.72000°N 89.54583°W / 40.72000; -89.54583
Carries 5 lanes (3 WB, 2 EB) of US 150
Crosses Illinois River
Locale Peoria, Illinois
Official name McClugage Bridge
Maintained by Illinois Department of Transportation
ID number WB: 000090011505461
EB: 000090007019729[1]
Design Dual Cantilever bridges
Total length 4,745.1 ft (1446.3 m)[1]
Width WB: 39.0 ft (11.9 m)
EB: 28.9 ft (8.8 m)[1]
Longest span 190 m
Load limit WB: 77.2 metric tons
EB: 55.8 metric tons[1]
Clearance below 14.9 m[1]
Opened WB: 1982
EB: 1948, reconstructed 2000
Daily traffic 40,400 (combined)[2]

The McClugage Bridge carries U.S. Route 150 over Upper Peoria Lake & Peoria Lake in the Illinois River in Illinois, United States. The bridge's official name honors David H. McClugage, mayor of Peoria from 1937 to 1941. The crossing is actually composed of two bridges, one carrying westbound traffic and one carrying eastbound traffic.

Southern span[edit]

The original span of the McClugage Bridge was designed as a steel cantilever bridge in 1939[3] to replace the Upper Free Bridge, an existing bridge across a narrow stretch of Upper Peoria Lake. Due to World War II, the bridge was not completed until 1948.[4] The southern span was rehabilitated in 2000. During rehabilitation, an accident in 2000 killed three iron workers when scaffolding on the bridge collapsed 62 feet (19 m) into the river. Due to this tragedy, there was an effort to change the name of the bridge to "Ironworkers Memorial Bridge". However, instead of the name change, the iron workers were memorialized by a monument near the bridge that was dedicated in April 2001.[5]

Northern span[edit]

An additional 3-lane span of similar style was constructed immediately north of the existing bridge in 1982.[3] Currently, the northern three-lane span carries westbound traffic and the original southern 2-lane span carries eastbound traffic.


  1. ^ a b c d e "National Bridge Inventory Database Search - 2012". 
  2. ^ Illinois Department of Transportation (2003). "Getting Around Illinois: Average Annual Daily Traffic". Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ " - McClugage Bridge". 
  5. ^ Peoria Journal Star, 4/19/2001