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Calumet River Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge

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Calumet River Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 1, 2006 and September 7, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Norfolk Southern) Over Calumet River
Location
Chicago: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1971 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
320 Feet (97.54 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This bridge is a traditionally composed vertical lift bridge that has bolted connections but riveted built-up beams and utilizes a Warren truss design. Typical of its construction date, in the final years of rivets in bridge construction, the bridge has riveted built-up beams but bolted connections.

A 1974 advertisement for the American Bridge Company, a division of United States Steel, featured this bridge. In the advertisement, the previous swing bridge in this location can be seen behind the newly constructed vertical lift bridge.

This bridge has fences and industrial properties surrounding it, making it impossible to get beside or under the bridge from on land, therefore requiring a boat to get a full photo-documentation of the bridge. Thanks to Tom Winkle for providing boat transportation to assist in the photo-documentation of this historic bridge.

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