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I-94 Little Calumet River Bridges

Steel Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 8, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
I-94 (Bishop Ford Freeway) Over Little Calumet River
Location
Calumet City: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal Non-Historic, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1993 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
420 Feet (128.02 Meters)
Structure Length
795 Feet (242.32 Meters)
Roadway Width
52.5 Feet (16 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 6 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
16015803843

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Bridge Documentation

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Note: This modern bridge is not historic. This page is provided for reasons of comparison and continuity of Calumet related waterway listings only.

This bridge was listed as having a 1949 construction date and a 1993  reconstruction date in the National Bridge Inventory. The bridge's construction does not display any rivets or other details that would normally be found in a 1949 bridge. It therefore seems that the 1993 date actually refers to a superstructure demolition and replacement project resulting in the modern truss seen today. HistoricBridges.org has a strict policy to not include any bridge newer than 1970, however an exception was made with this bridge since this bridge is one of only a couple truss bridges on the Little Calumet River and Calumet Sag Channel that do not meet the 1970 cutoff date so the bridge is being included for coverage consistency.

This bridge is called the Steel Bridge by Chicago traffic reporters.

Thanks to Tom Winkle for providing boat transportation to assist in the photo-documentation of this historic bridge.

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