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Crawford Avenue Bridge

Pulaski Road Bridge

Crawford Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 8, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Crawford Avenue (Pulaski Road) Over Calumet Sag Channel
Location
Robbins: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal 9 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1932 By Builder/Contractor: McClintic-Marshall Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1971
Main Span Length
207 Feet (63.09 Meters)
Structure Length
335 Feet (102.11 Meters)
Roadway Width
40 Feet (12.19 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 3 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
16074804376

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Crawford Avenue Bridge

Of the many truss bridges on the Calumet Sag Channel and the Little Calumet River, most are from the 1950s and 1960s and even the early 1970s. This bridge dates to 1931 and is one of the oldest truss bridges on these waterways. As such, the bridge stands out among the group as significant, an assessment further supported by the fact that the trusses retain good historic integrity. The bridge is a traditionally composed example of a 1930s through truss bridge.

There was concern some time after the bridge was built that increased clearance would be needed for boats on the Calumet Sag Channel. Plans for the bridge drawn up at this time included the potential for adding lift towers to the bridge in the future to convert the fixed truss bridge into a vertical lift bridge. These changes never came to be however.

McClintic-Marshall Company AdvertisementMcClintic-Marshall Company Drafting Room

Builder Plaque

Built by

McClintic-Marshall

Bethlehem Steel

Corporation

1932

1971 Rehabilitation Plaque

STATION 18 + 10.13

CALUMET - SAG CHANNEL

REBUILT 1971 BY

STATE OF ILLINOIS

SECTION 051 - 1212 - 150 - Z - BR

1992 Rehabilitation Plaque

STRUCTURE NUMBER 016 - 0748

BRIDGE REHABILITATION

CRAWFORD AVE. BRIDGE

OVER CALUMET SAG CHANNEL

REPAIRED 1992 BY COOK COUNTY

SECTION 91 - W4313 - 01 - BR

DESIGN LOADING HS 20

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