This railroad grade separation stands out for the unusually attractive aesthetic detailing of the bridge structure. The bridge is technically two parallel bridges sharing a common substructure. The northern bridge has a stringer structure composed of large built-up beams while the southern bridge is a built-up deck plate girder and floorbeam system type bridge. The southern bridge lacks the attractive railings that is found on the northern bridge. Aside from these differences, the remaining architectural details of the substructure and approach retaining walls are identical.
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