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Halsted Street Little Calumet River Bridge

   


Halsted Street Little Calumet River Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 8, 2011 and December 12, 2012
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Halsted Street (IL-1) Over Little Calumet River
Location
Chicago: Cook County, Illinois
Structure Type
Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Pre-Stressed Concrete Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1931 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1996
Main Span Length
230 Feet (70.1 Meters)
Structure Length
420.3 Feet (128.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
44 Feet (13.4 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
16019303976

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Halsted Street Little Calumet River Bridge

Halsted Street Little Calumet River Bridge RailingThe Calumet Sag Channel and the Little Calumet River together have a significant number of truss bridges crossing them, however only some of them fall into the older and more interesting category of bridges dating to the 1930s. This bridge is one of those older bridges. Typical of older bridges, it has all riveted construction and makes extensive use of built-up beams with attractive lattice and v-lacing. The general style of Parker truss seen here, noted for its particularly rich use of overhead bracing and v-lacing/lattice, is also found in a couple other bridges on these waterways.

This bridge replaced a temporary wooden structure that was located 200 feet upstream of this bridge's location. The truss bridge was built under the State of Illinois for a state route, however the City of Chicago removed the old temporary bridge. The bridge originally had lattice railing for the sidewalks on the truss span and the approach spans were originally concrete t-beam spans with decorative concrete railing. Both approach spans and truss railing have been replaced.

Thanks to Tom Winkle for providing boat transportation to assist in the photo-documentation of this historic bridge.

Halsted Street Little Calumet River Bridge Approach Span Drawings

Main Plaque

STATION 61 + 55
BUILT 1931 BY
STATE OF ILLINOIS
BOND ISSUE ROUTE 1
SECTION KB-2

Rehabilitation Plaque

STATION 10 + 55.75
REBUILT 1996 BY
STATE OF ILLINOIS
F.A.P. RT. 876 SEC K(B+C)2-BY(90)
F.A. PROJ. BHF - 876 (65)
LOADING HS 20
STR. NO 016 - 0193

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October 2014 - A visit to Chicago revealed that the Van Buren Street Pedestrian Bridge was not demolished, but instead extensively rehabbed. The railings are new, but replicate the original design. The concrete encasement was removed and not replaced, and instead the exposed riveted steel beams have been painted. The riveted beams look quite nice, and given the condition of the bridge prior to the project this seems like a good outcome. In other news, the rehabilitation and repainting of the La Salle Street Bridge is ongoing, and the project to extend the Chicago Riverwalk under additional bridges on the Main Branch is continuing.

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