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Lawndale Avenue Railroad Overpass

Chicago and Alton Railroad Overpass

Lawndale Avenue Railroad Overpass

Primary Photographer(s): Albert David

Bridge Documented: June 7, 2017

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Canadian National) Over Lawndale Avenue
Location
Summit: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal Continuous Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1903 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
30.0 Feet (9.1 Meters)
Structure Length
88.0 Feet (26.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Albert David provided the following information:

According to the Images of America series book Summit, by Robert Kott, this bridge was built in 1903. The bridge was constructed as a joint effort of the Chicago and Alton Railroad and the Chicago & Joliet Electric Railway to eliminate the need for a flagman at the location. The sidewalks and railings in the pictures appear to be original. The center lane, which is currently the one used for vehicle traffic, was originally used by streetcars of the Chicago & Joliet Electric Railway.

The road that this bridge crosses was once a major thoroughfare through the area. The road was called Lincoln Avenue in this area, while it was called Lawndale Avenue further north. The street sign at the intersection with Center Avenue now reads both Lawndale and Lincoln, though Lawndale is now the official name. When I-55 was built in 1964, the road was disconnected from the portion of Lawndale north of I-55. Lawndale/Lincoln is now essentially only used by the local businesses in the area, and the bridge has seen little to no maintenance.

A swing bridge built in 1899 carried Lincoln over the Chicago Sanitary and Shipping canal, but this bridge was torn down when I-55 was constructed.

 


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