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This bridge is noted for its unusual sidewalk design. All of the sidewalk is contained within the arch (no cantilevered supports) with the exception of the northeast corner of the bridge where a series of sidewalk cantilevers extend out in increasing length, apparently a design feature to accommodate slight misalignments in the approaching roadway.
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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