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Western Avenue Railroad Overpass

Western Avenue Railroad Overpass

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 28, 2011 and May 16, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway) Over Western Avenue
Location
Chicago: Cook County, Illinois: United States
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
233.3 Feet (71.11 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
4 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This bridge is structurally a steel stringer bridge on concrete piers, which is nothing unusual. However the application of concrete on the deck, piers, and abutments is such that this otherwise undistinguished overpass is transformed into an Art Deco masterpiece. Simply driving under the bridge might be too quick to truly appreciate the subtleties of the lines and their arrangements on the bridge, however a closer inspection reveals why this bridge is so much more beautiful than the average Chicago overpass. The detailing over the sidewalks is especially impressive. The bridge appears to have excellent historic integrity, and the bridge has not been defaced by ugly advertisements, something that cannot be said for all of Chicago's historic railroad overpasses.

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