This bridge was apparently built as a fixed bridge because there was enough room to build an approach to provide the higher clearance a fixed bridge would require.
This bridge has an unusual truss configuration which is essentially a subdivided polygonal Warren through truss. In other words, it is a polygonal Warren truss bridge which has been broken into smaller and more numerous panels in the way a Pennsylvania truss subdivides a Parker truss. This is the only known example of this unusual design in Chicago.
Thanks to Tom Winkle for providing boat transportation to assist in the photo-documentation of this historic bridge.
Main PlaqueE. 130TH ST. BRIDGE
----- 1949 -----
CITY OF CHICAGO
MARTIN H. KENNELLY
OSCAR E. HEWITT
Commissioner of Public Works
JOHN P. WILSON
Deputy Comm. of Public Works
W. W. DE BERARD
STEPHEN J. MICHUDA
City Bridge & Viaduct Engineer
CARL O. JOHNSON
Asst. Bridge Engineer (Constr.)
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