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Geneva Railroad Bridge

Geneva Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 26, 2011

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Metra Union Pacific West and Union Pacific) Over Fox River
Location
Geneva: Kane County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1917 By Builder/Contractor: Chicago Bridge and Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
70.0 Feet (21.3 Meters)
Structure Length
486.0 Feet (148.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
7 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Additional Information courtesy of John Marvig: This bridge was fabricated in 1917 and may have not been completely erected until ca. 1919 when the old bridge was replaced. The photo of the old lattice truss is shown below. That lattice truss dated to 1883 and was relocated and modified to serve as a bridge at Lick Creek.

This bridge is a traditionally composed railroad deck plate girder that passes over the river and valley in the manner of a high level bridge. The deck plate girders are traditionally composed. The massive concrete piers are twice as wide as the existing superstructure clearly designed to accommodate a widening of the superstructure to add tracks to the line, something that never happened. The use of concrete instead of steel bents for a substructure gives this bridge a larger and more massive feel than other comparable bridges with more often tend to be supported by steel bents, or do not have piers designed to accommodate a widening of the bridge. Historical photos show a beautiful lattice deck truss at this location, making the bridge seen today quite a visual downgrade from what was here decades ago.

Above: Photo showing previous bridge at this location.

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