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127th Street Bridge

127th Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 8, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
127th Street Over Calumet Sag Channel
Location
Alsip: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal 12 Panel Bolt-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1968 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Alfred Benesch and Associates of Chicago, Illinois

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1991
Main Span Length
396 Feet (120.7 Meters)
Structure Length
610.3 Feet (186.02 Meters)
Roadway Width
53.2 Feet (16.22 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 4 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
16057004242

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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is one of a number of late example metal truss bridges from the 1950s-1970s found on the Little Calumet River and Calumet Sag Channel. However, this 1968 bridge stands out for its heavy skew which gives it a very distinctive appearance not found in any of the other bridges on these waterways.

Main Plaque

127 TH STREET BRIDGE

CALUMET SAG CHANNEL

BUILT 1968 BY

COUNTY OF COOK

SEC. 180-1414.1-M.F.T.

LOADING HS-20-44

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