This bridge is a small concrete arch bridge with an unusually simple appearance. The solid concrete parapet style railings have been designed such that from beside the bridge, there is no differentiation between the spandrel wall and the railing, a design feature that greatly lends to the simplistic appearance. The bridge is on a dead-end road that was cut off by the construction of I-90 a short distance to the north. The bridge does not appear to be used much anymore. The bridge shows no noteworthy signs of alteration and appears to be in good condition physically. The name of the road it carries, Orchard Place, refers to an old farming community that was once in this area. The former name for the nearby Chicago O'Hare Airport was Orchard Field for this reason (explaining the airport's three-letter IATA code ORD).
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