There are more concrete arch bridges in Illinois than I realized. Especially on the Illinois Central. We have already seen a big one in Kankakee.
Someone said Southern Illinois got 12 inches of rain 4/28/17. Other reports I have seen are 4-8 inches. Nonetheless, the rain that has pounded Missouri and Arkansas (e.g. Pocahontas, AR) has also dumped a lot of rain on Southern Illinois. The Big Muddy is still rising and is expected to crest May 13.
|Paul Turner shared The Southern Illinoisan's photo.|
An Amtrak train crosses the trestle over the Big Muddy River north of Carbondale on Wednesday. Photo by Richard Sitler.
[This is why the bridges are built with open spandrels --- to allow more room for the water to flow under the bridge.]
|Mitchell Schultheis commented on the above share|
This is the normal level of the river, I took this pphoto about a month ago.
US-51 is just west of the railroad bridge and the Google street view car went northbound so it was in the close lane giving us some nice views of the bridge.
|Carmen Jones commented on the original posting|
This is same spot 2011.
|eBook from Bridge Hunter, published before 1923|