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Maple Avenue Bridge

Maple Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 29, 2009 and September 11, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Maple Avenue Over North Shore Channel
Location
Wilmette: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1909 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Sanitary District of Chicago

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
71 Feet (22 Meters)
Structure Length
144 Feet (44 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
16995929078

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Maple Avenue Bridge

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.

Main Plaque

1908

ERECTED BY THE SANITARY DISTRICT OF CHICAGO

- BOARD OF TRUSTEES. -

ROBERT R. MC CORMICK, PRESIDENT.

WILLIAM H. BAKER.

HENRY F. EIDMANN.

OTTO J. NOVAK.
ADOLPH BERGMAN.

THOMAS J. HEALY.

GEORGE W. PAULLIN.
WALLACE G. CLARK.

ROBERT R. MC CORMICK.

EDWARD I. WILLIAMS.

GEORGE M. WISNER, CHIEF ENGINEER.

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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