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Benton Street West Channel Bridge

   


Benton Street West Channel Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 26, 2011 and May 14, 2012
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Benton Street Over Fox River West Channel
Location
Aurora: Kane County, Illinois
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1924 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1996
Main Span Length
56 Feet (17.1 Meters)
Structure Length
174 Feet (53 Meters)
Roadway Width
40 Feet (12.2 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
45600127926

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View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

View The National Register of Historic Places District Nomination Form That Includes The Stolp Island Historic Bridges

About This Bridge

This bridge is a traditionally composed arch bridge. The bridge is in good condition since it has been rehabilitated. It appears that its attractive balustrade railings may not be original and may instead be replicas.

About Aurora's Historic Bridges

Aurora is a unique city in that a significant portion of its main downtown area is located on an island (called Stolp Island) and this island is connected by four roads which connect to this island from each side of the river. From north to south these are New York Street, Galena Boulevard, Downer Place, and Benton Street. This results in a total of eight bridges, although New York Street is technically a single bridge whose center portion was buried when the island was expanded northward in the 1960s. Amazingly, as of 2011, all bridges connecting to Stolp Island were historic concrete arch bridges, an impressive quantity of bridges to stand as a group of historic bridges that are undisturbed by any demolition and replacement projects. Each road has its own unique style of bridge, for a total of four different general bridge designs. All bridges contribute to a National Register of Historic Places Historic District. The physical condition and historic integrity of each of the bridges varies, however despite any alterations this is a very unique and highly significant group of bridges that makes Aurora an excellent one-stop destination to get a good sampling of concrete arch bridges. Even better, a few additional arch bridges are located a short distance south of Stolp Island at Hurds Island Park.

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