This bridge stands out among Chicago's enormous population of railroad grade separations as one of a small group of overpasses that have exceptional attention paid to the aesthetic appearance of the bridge. This particular bridge appears to have been given this extra attention because Sacramento Boulevard is one of Chicago's historic boulevards which were attractive parkways designed to connect the largest of Chicago's parks. Sacramento Boulevard connects Douglas Park to Humboldt Park. At least for a time, the city was able to make the railroad companies provide attractive railroad overpasses when they intersected a boulevard, so some of the city's finest grade separation structures can be found crossing the boulevards. Structurally, this bridge has a center span over the road that has unusual built-up box beams formed from riveted plate that function as stringers, while the spans over the sidewalk are stringer spans with rolled beams encased in concrete.
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