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Galena Boulevard East Channel Bridge

Galena Boulevard East Channel Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 26, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Galena Boulevard Over Fox River East Channel
Aurora: Kane County, Illinois: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1926 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
83 Feet (25.4 Meters)
Structure Length
177 Feet (53.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
43 Feet (13.11 Meters)
2 Main Span(s)
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About This Bridge

This bridge is noted for its railings, which extend along an adjacent river walk. The bridge is in good condition structurally.

About Aurora's Historic Bridges

Aurora is a unique city in that a significant portion of its main downtown area is located on an island (called Stolp Island) and this island is connected by four roads which connect to this island from each side of the river. From north to south these are New York Street, Galena Boulevard, Downer Place, and Benton Street. This results in a total of eight bridges, although New York Street is technically a single bridge whose center portion was buried when the island was expanded northward in the 1960s. Amazingly, as of 2011, all bridges connecting to Stolp Island were historic concrete arch bridges, an impressive quantity of bridges to stand as a group of historic bridges that are undisturbed by any demolition and replacement projects. Each road has its own unique style of bridge, for a total of four different general bridge designs. All bridges contribute to a National Register of Historic Places Historic District. The physical condition and historic integrity of each of the bridges varies, however despite any alterations this is a very unique and highly significant group of bridges that makes Aurora an excellent one-stop destination to get a good sampling of concrete arch bridges. Even better, a few additional arch bridges are located a short distance south of Stolp Island at Hurds Island Park.


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