While plate girders are uniformly common on railroads, the rarity of through plate girder bridges on highways vary based on what state you are in. Pennsylvania has many, Michigan has nearly none. They do not appear to be overly common in Illinois.
Regardless, the Maple Avenue Bridge and its near twin on Linden Avenue are unusual and noteworthy plate girders. First and foremost are the absolutely beautiful sidewalk railings which are original and in near-perfect condition. They follow a rough pattern of railing design that is very rare to find, and when it is found, it is always slightly varied in exact form. In general, the design consists of a narrow strip of lattice on the lower portion of the railing, while the remaining larger upper portion has a series of arch-like lattice design.
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ROBERT R. MC CORMICK, PRESIDENT.
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C. R. DART, BRIDGE ENGINEER.
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This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Arch Lattice Railing
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