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Rust Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 13, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Old Willow Springs Road Over Des Plaines River
Location
Willow Springs: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1924 By Builder/Contractor: Hedges Construction Company and Engineer/Design: H. C. Taylor

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
60 Feet (18.3 Meters)
Structure Length
300 Feet (91.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
27 Feet (8.23 Meters)
Spans
5 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
16053904213

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This bridge has been bypassed by a modern bridge that sits directly beside this bridge to the northeast. Today, it only serves to provide access to the Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail (Centennial Trail). The bridge is a relatively long example of a concrete t-beam bridge. Of interest it contains handsome stone plaques, which are unusual because most county bridge plaques were made of bronze, not stone. The plaques name this bridge the "Rust Bridge."

Main Plaque

RUST BRIDGE

STATION 154+52
STATE AID ROAD 18
SECTION 142A-15D
COOK COUNTY

BUILT 1924

HEDGES CONSTR. CO.
CONTRACTORS

H. C. TAYLOR
BRIDGE ENGINEER

County Plaque

1924
PRESIDENT COUNTY BOARD
ANTON J. CERMAK

COUNTY ROAD AND BRIDGE COMMITTEE
CHAIRMAN
FRANK J. WILSON
WILLIAM BUSSE
JOSEPH M FITZGERALD
TOM MURRAY
DUDLEY D. PIERSON
DANIEL RYAN, JR.

GEORGE A QUINLAN
SUPT. OF HIGHWAYS

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