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Broadway Bridge

   


Broadway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 14, 2012
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (BNSF) Over Broadway (IL-25) and Clark Street
Location
Aurora: Kane County, Illinois
Structure Type
Concrete Slab, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
120 Feet (36.6 Meters)
Structure Length
332 Feet (101.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
8 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This is a very unusual railroad overpass. It crosses the street at a heavy skew. To do so, it uses two methods. On the northwestern side of the bridge, the deck and substructure is laid out as a stepped design using a pattern of square-shaped deck segments. The result of this is a lot of wasted deck space that is unused, and an unusual staggered appearance. Even more unusual, this odd method was not used on the southeastern side of the bridge, where the more traditional and economical method of laying out the deck at an angle, parallel to the path of the railroad tracks, was used. It is unclear why the unusual method was used on the northwestern side. Overall, the bridge appears to be a reinforced concrete slab superstructure. However, on the angled southeastern side of the bridge there is a concrete encased plate girder that also apparently lends support to the bridge, this being yet another unusual design aspect of this bridge.

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