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47th Street Bridge

47th Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 11, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Chicago Belt Railroad) Over 47th Street
Location
Chicago: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Slab, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1946 By Builder/Contractor: Michael J. McDermott and Company and Engineer/Design: H. C. Taylor

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
48 Feet (14.63 Meters)
Structure Length
80 Feet (24.38 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
16087523522

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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.

Edward M. SneedFrank BobrytzkeJohn Mackler, Jr.

Main Plaque

WEST 47TH STREET - BELT RAILWAY UNDERPASS
SECTION 182A-1313.3 - M. F. T.
STATE AID ROUTE 182A

COOK COUNTY

BUILT 1946

MICHAEL J. MC DERMOTT & CO.
CONTRACTOR

H. C. TAYLOR
HIGHWAY ENGINEER
IN CHARGE OF BRIDGES

GEORGE A. QUINLAN

County Plaque

BUILT 1946 BY

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

OF COOK COUNTY

PRESIDENT

CLAYTON F. SMITH

ROAD AND BRIDGE COMMITTEE

JOHN E. TRAEGER
PETER FOSCO

FRANK BOBRYTZKE
WILLIAM BUSSE
MRS. ELIZABETH CONKEY
WILLIAM N. ERICKSON
JOHN MACKLER
CHAIRMAN
VICE-CHAIRMAN

MARY MC ENERNEY
GEORGE A. MILLER
GEORGE F. NIXON
DANIEL RYAN
EDWARD M. SNEED

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