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Indian Hill Station Bridge

Winnetka Avenue Bridge

Indian Hill Station Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 14, 2012

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Location
Winnetka: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal Rigid-Frame, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1940 By Builder/Contractor: Suburban Paving and Improvement Company of Chicago, Illinois
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
70.0 Feet (21.3 Meters)
Structure Length
73.2 Feet (22.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
16996113034

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This bridge is actually two independent parallel bridges that share a single abutment. The western bridge continues to carry the Metra North Line, while the eastern bridge has been converted to carry non-motorized traffic on a rail-trail system. These structures are unique among grade separation bridges because of their highly ornate architectural details. The highlight of these details include the bas-relief Indian head sculptures on the abutments, undoubtedly a nod to the fact that this area and the railroad station is known as Indian Hill. The bridge also features a concrete facing on the outside of the superstructure, which includes a detailed pattern cast into it, which hides the steel superstructure. The bridge also includes an ornate metal railing design. The bridge appears to be a steel rigid-frame type of bridge, since the built-up steel beams curve into the abutment, with the ends of the beams being encased in the concrete (rather than resting on bearings). North of the bridge, the railroad line maintains an elevated position, with concrete retaining walls that stylistically match the bridge being used. A short distance north of the bridge, there is a pedestrian tunnel, which is also detailed in an architecturally compatible manner, and was built as part of the same contraxt package.

The contract to build the bridge was let on September 7, 1939, so a ca. 1940 construction date is being listed here. The project was funded with assistance from Depression era relief programs, as the contract award is listed in a publication of the Federal Works Agency/Public Works Administration

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Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction.

Above: Historical photo showing bridge newly completed.

Above: Historical photo showing approach retaining wall newly completed.

Above: Drawing showing proposed overpass at Indian Hill, very similar to a bridge at Cermak Avenue in Chicago. This design appears to have been turned down in favor of the bridge seen today, with the unique American Indian theme. 

Above: Drawing showing proposed stardard overpasses for the Winnetka area.

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