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Illinois and Michigan Canal Bridge 2

Illinois and Michigan Canal Bridge 2

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: May 8, 2010

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Canal Walkway Over Illinois and Michigan Canal
Location
Rural: Grundy County, Illinois: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge appears to sit in its original location and it appears to have been built solely for providing access to canal related facilities. Today, the bridge has been converted for use by non-motorized use only.

The bridge is an unusual truss bridge because it has very lightweight trusses composed of riveted angles, and also because it has vertical end posts. The truss has been altered, particularly through the replacement of rivets with bolts. The overall design appears to retain integrity however. There are stone abutments present.

For unknown reasons, when this bridge was converted, extremely ugly guardrails were placed on this bridge. These railings all but completely hide the historic trusses to anyone standing on the deck. The guardrails resemble AASHTO approved crash-resistant guardrails that are sometimes used on vehicular bridges where there is also a sidewalk such that a dual function of railing and guardrail is required. However, since this bridge carries pedestrian traffic only, the use of ugly and overly massive crash-tested barriers is both visually distasteful and overly expensive as well. They also likely are very heavy and put extra dead load on the bridge. Numerous visually pleasing yet safe pedestrian railings are available for use in historic bridge preservation work. HistoricBridges.org recommends that the ugly guardrails be removed, and something less visually obstructive be installed.

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