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Wagonseller Bridge, Tazewell County, IL - CAP Section 14

Published March 11, 2020

Tazewell County, Illinois

An opportunity exists to stabilize the Mackinaw River streambanks, Wagonseller Road Bridge, and north and south bridge approaches.

The Mackinaw River has developed a meandering channel pattern, with the meander bends through this reach causing a significant change in the angle of flow through the Wagonseller Road Bridge. Severe scour at the north pier and streambanks have resulted, threatening the stability of that pier and the likelihood of eventually closing the road. Both abutments remain susceptible to scour even after riprap counter measures were installed by the Sponsor in 2014. The continuing meander and erosion threaten not only the Bridge, but the upstream meandering streambank and the north and south bridge approaches. Flood events in the last 2 years have caused the meander to shift even closer to the south bridge approach. The Local Sponsor is concerned that the north and south bridge approaches may be compromised and unusable very soon based on the uncertainty of when additional high flow events may occur on the Mackinaw River. The bridge is not currently on a local replacement list, but will be eligible for replacement or rehabilitation with federal bridge funding at such time as their sufficiency ratings drop to eligible levels.

If the area is left untreated and unprotected, the Bridge abutments and approaches may be lost, resulting in the loss of an important transportation route. Wagonseller Road and Bridge serve as a primary route for local travel and commerce and as a crossing for agricultural industry. The shortest average detour route would require an additional distance of 3 miles.
Federal Interest Determination has been completed and Review Plan has been approved. The project feasibility report with integrated environmental assessment was approved in June 2019. A Project Partnership Agreement was executed on September 30, 2019. The project is currently in design with a contract award anticipated in July 2020.

Additional Information

Congressional Interest

Senators: Richard Durbin (IL), Tammy Duckworth (IL)

Representatives: IL-18 (Darin LaHood)


CA - Continuing Authorities - Section 14


Summarized Project Costs

Estimated Federal Cost  $1,501,500
Estimated Non-Federal Cost $77,500
Estimated Total Project Cost   $2,273,000
Allocations Prior to FY 2020 $187,500
FY 2020 Allocation $1,314,000
FY 2020 Total Capability $1,314,000


Major Work Item Current Year
FY 2020
: The project will complete design and award construction contract.