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Van Buren Street Pedestrian Bridge

Van Buren Street Pedestrian Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 1, 2009 and August 27, 2013

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Key Facts

Location
Chicago: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge, one of two similar bridges in Grant Park, is noteworthy for its old construction and attractive balustrade railings. It is among the few remaining structures that are not of recent construction over this large and busy sets of commuter rail line that runs along the shore south of town. The historic integrity of the bridge is good, although it suffers from a lack of maintenance, particularly with spalling on the base of the railings. While the structural integrity of the bridge may remain good, deterioration to the concrete elements of the bridge is reducing its potential aesthetic value. This could be a very beautiful and treasured part of the park if it were preserved.

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

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