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Kedzie Avenue Marquette Park South Bridge

Kedzie Avenue Marquette Park South Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 8, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Kedzie Avenue Over Marquette Park Lagoon
Location
Chicago: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1933 By Builder/Contractor: E. J. Albrecht Company of Chicago, Illinois and Engineer/Design: H. C. Taylor

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
44 Feet (13.4 Meters)
Structure Length
54 Feet (16.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
66 Feet (20.12 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
16076004380

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This historic bridge was demolished and replaced in April 2012!

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Daniel Ryan

This bridge is one of two nearly identical bridges that carry Kedzie Avenue over the lagoon system that winds through the park. Kedzie Avenue travels right through the middle of Marquette Park, and as a result these bridges form something of a centerpiece for the park. These reinforced concrete t-beam bridges are beautifully formed with substantial architectural detailing on both the railing system, abutments, and the outside faces of the superstructure. Two different bronze plaques are present on on each bridge. One details the county personnel involved in the construction of the bridge while the other plaque focuses on the engineers and contractors involved with the bridge. The historic integrity of these bridges appears to be excellent with no major alterations to the structural design or the architectural detailing present.

Although both bridges were built at the exact same time, this southern bridge appears to be in poorer structural condition. It has been reduced to two lane which travel only on the eastern side of the bridge, likely as a result of this deterioration.

Despite the historic and aesthetic significance of the Kedzie Avenue Bridges, both are slated for demolition and replacement. This is extremely disappointing since it will eliminate the beauty and continuity currently seen in  Marquette Park where all existing bridges appear to have at least some level of historic value. The consultant claims that the architectural features of the existing bridges will be "maintained." While replicating historic and architectural features of a historic bridge may be an acceptable route if the bridge in question is truly beyond repair, it is not apparent that these bridges have deteriorated to this point. In addition, it is doubtful that the reinforced concrete t-beam structure type will be replicated. Some sort of pre-stressed concrete box beam bridge is more likely. The idea of a historic bridge is that it is old and maintains some level of its original design and materials. The idea of preservation is to improve the physical condition of a bridge while attempting to maintain as much original material and design as possible. It is unfortunate that this type of rehabilitation has not been selected for these bridges.

Below is the text regarding the replacement project appearing on the Infrastructure Engineering website.

Infrastructure Engineering, Inc., as a prime consultant, is providing structural and civil engineering services for the superstructure replacement and repairs of two bridges on Kedzie Avenue over the lagoons in historic Marquette Park. The final design will recognize the historic nature of the area and maintain the architectural features of the existing bridges while improving the safety for the public. IEI will provide engineering services to complete construction documents including structural, roadway and erosion control plans. IEI will also inspect and replace the superstructure.

A video of the demolition and replacement was produced by the Chicago DOT and is available at YouTube here, or an archived version is here for download.

Daniel Ryan, listed as a member of the road and bridge committee on the plaque for this bridge, later became President of the Board of County Commissioners.

County Plaque

BUILT 1933 BY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF COOK COUNTY

PRESIDENT
EMMETT WHEALAN

ROAD AND BRIDGE COMMITTEE

HOMER J. BYRD
DANIEL RYAN

WILLIAM BUSSE
MRS. E. J. FLEMING
FRANK J. KASPER
MAURICE F. KAVANAGH
PETER M. KELLEY
WALTER J. LA BUY
CHAIRMAN
VICE-CHAIRMAN

MARY MCENERNEY
GEORGE A. MILER
MRS. G. E. PLUMB
AMELIA SEARS
JOHN E. TRAEGER
CHARLES H. WEBER

Construction Plaque

KEDZIE AVENUE
MARQUETTE PARK SOUTH BRIDGE

SECTION 053 - 2121 - M.F.T.

STATE AID ROUTE 53

COOK COUNTY

BUILT 1933

E. J. ALBRECHT CO.
CONTRACTOR

H. C. TAYLOR
BRIDGE ENGINEER

GEORGE A. QUINLAN
SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS

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