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Chautauqua Park Swinging Bridge Number 2

Chautauqua Park Swinging Bridge Number 2

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: April 13, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Vermillion River
Pontiac: Livingston County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal Wire Cable Suspension, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1898 By Builder/Contractor: Joliet Bridge and Iron Company of Joliet, Illinois

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
4 Feet (1.22 Meters)
Main Span Count Not Available
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is one of two similar suspension foot bridges in this park. They are noted for their attractive latticed towers. This bridge retains a plaque on top of the tower indicating it was built by Joliet Bridge and Iron Company. These bridges are two rare examples of bridges known to be built by this noteworthy Illinois bridge builder that are not truss bridges. The bridges do not have any stiffening trusses or girders, which means that the deck can move a fair bit under load. Bridges with these characteristics, including these two, are often called swinging bridges.

This bridge has main cables that, unlike the other bridge, appear as though they could be original (or at least are a lot older). The suspenders appear to be original. The deck is currently wooden with wooden railings, none of which are original. It is not known if this deck replicates the original design. The original railings on the bridge likely were less tall and massive. The method of supporting the deck appears to continue to follow the original design. The suspender cables end in straps that hold wooden floor beams. Turnbuckles can be found on the suspenders which would have allowed for adjusting the length/tension of the suspenders slightly as needed. The bridge's towers retain excellent historic integrity and do not appear altered. This bridge has lost its builder plaque however. It is assumed however that it was built at the same time by the same company as the other bridge since the design is identical.

This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Footbridge


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