The Calumet Sag Channel and the Little Calumet River together have a significant number of truss bridges crossing them, however only some of them fall into the older and more interesting category of bridges dating to the 1930s. This bridge is one of those older bridges. Typical of older bridges, it has all riveted construction and makes extensive use of built-up beams with attractive lattice and v-lacing. The general style of Parker truss seen here, noted for its particularly rich use of overhead bracing and v-lacing/lattice, is also found in a couple other bridges on these waterways.
This bridge replaced a temporary wooden structure that was located 200 feet upstream of this bridge's location. The truss bridge was built under the State of Illinois for a state route, however the City of Chicago removed the old temporary bridge. The bridge originally had lattice railing for the sidewalks on the truss span and the approach spans were originally concrete t-beam spans with decorative concrete railing. Both approach spans and truss railing have been replaced.
Thanks to Tom Winkle for providing boat transportation to assist in the photo-documentation of this historic bridge.
Main PlaqueSTATION 61 + 55
BUILT 1931 BY
STATE OF ILLINOIS
BOND ISSUE ROUTE 1
Rehabilitation PlaqueSTATION 10 + 55.75
REBUILT 1996 BY
STATE OF ILLINOIS
F.A.P. RT. 876 SEC K(B+C)2-BY(90)
F.A. PROJ. BHF - 876 (65)
LOADING HS 20
STR. NO 016 - 0193
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