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Archer Avenue Bridge

Kingery Highway Bridge

Archer Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 12, 2006 and December 12, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Archer Avenue (Kingery Highway, IL-83) Over Calumet Sag Channel
Location
Sag Bridge: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal 14 Panel Rivet-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1934 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1997
Main Span Length
304.5 Feet (92.81 Meters)
Structure Length
508 Feet (154.84 Meters)
Roadway Width
44 Feet (13.41 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 4 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
16042704134

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This bridge is similar to the Torrence Highway fixed truss bridge. Utilizing the Pennsylvania truss configuration, which is the loosely defined truss configuration which essentially means a Pratt truss with additional members added to the truss web to subdivide the truss, and also has a polygonal top chord. This large single truss span bridge showcases the style very well. This bridge design is noted for having a large amount of sway bracing overhead. This extensive bracing is carried out to the very large portal bracing present, which is a huge construct of lattice. This combined with the extensive quantity of built-up beams containing visually attractive lattice combine to form a complex work of geometric art. The bridge has 37.7 feet of navigational vertical clearance listed. The nearby SR-83 Bridge is a smaller bridge and is a Parker truss, but also utilizes a similar bracing design.

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