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31st Street Railroad Overpass West

31st Street Railroad Overpass West

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 28, 2011 and May 16, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Chicago and Western Indiana) Over 31st Street Boulevard
Location
Chicago: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
4 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This beautiful railroad overpass is one of two which follow this attractive visual design which turns a simple stringer bridge into a work of art. The other similar bridge crosses Independence Boulevard. Both bridges are significant as overpasses associated with Chicago's historic boulevards which were attractive parkways (usually distinguished by their divided highway design with park space in the median) designed to connect the largest of Chicago's parks. At least for a time, the city was able to make the railroad companies provide attractive railroad overpasses when they intersected a boulevard, so some of the city's finest grade separation structures can be found crossing the boulevards. Also next to this overpass on 31st Street is a plate girder overpass which has some aesthetic design but is nowhere near as elaborate.

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