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La Salle Street Overpass

La Salle Street Overpass

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 25, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
La Salle Street Over Carroll Avenue
Location
Chicago: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
Main Span Count Not Available
NBI Number
16617634097

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This unusual bridge carries La Salle Street over Carroll Avenue and old railroad line. The wide bridge transitions into two ramp leading down to ground level as it runs north, with a  gap opening in the center to admit a ramp that runs up from Carroll Avenue. This ramp in the center once provided access to a tunnel that ran under the Chicago River. The La Salle Street tunnel was the second tunnel in the city and was opened in 1871, a few months before the Great Chicago Fire. People fleeing the fire actually used the tunnel to escape the fire. The tunnel was abandoned and closed off when the Blue Line subway was built, but the ramp and overpass system has remained. It is not known if the attractive decorative railings seen on this structure are an original detail.

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