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Chicago has a ton of railroad grade separation bridges, many of them old and of varying historic significance. However only a select few appear to have been designed with a noteworthy amount of attention given to the architectural detailing on the bridge. This is one of those rare examples that has substantial aesthetic qualities, making it stand out among Chicago's many grade separations. This particular bridge was a project completed by Cook County, rather than the City of Chicago.
Main PlaqueWEST 47TH STREET - BELT RAILWAY UNDERPASS
SECTION 182A-1313.3 - M. F. T.
STATE AID ROUTE 182A
MICHAEL J. MC DERMOTT & CO.
H. C. TAYLOR
IN CHARGE OF BRIDGES
GEORGE A. QUINLAN
County PlaqueBUILT 1946 BY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF COOK COUNTY
CLAYTON F. SMITH
ROAD AND BRIDGE COMMITTEE
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