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43rd Street Pedestrian Bridge

43rd Street Pedestrian Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 1, 2009

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Key Facts

Location
Chicago: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Strobel Steel Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois

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 bridge is of riveted, construction in general, but some connections, such as the overhead lateral bracing to the top chord, are bolted. Assuming this is an original detail it appears the portions of the bridge assembled in a shop were riveted, with all field connections being made using bolts. A Bethlehem Steel brand is visible on some of the steel indicating that at least some of the steel was rolled by that company. The truss spans are physically connected to each other (note the inclined end posts at the end, but the vertical posts that are connected over the piers. This visually suggests the bridge is continuous (rather than simple spans). However the bridge may not "function" as a continuous truss in an engineering sense.

This bridge is perhaps not the most attractive truss bridge, but it offers more detail than the later bridges of this style which would be welded. Instead, this bridge offers a look at how pedestrian overpasses were designed in a period where hot metal riveting was still in use. The majority of this bridge's beams are riveted angles.

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This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Footbridge

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