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Westleigh Road Bridges

Westleigh Road Bridges

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 13, 2012

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Key Facts

Location
Lake Forest: Lake County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1942 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
53.2 Feet (16.22 Meters)
Structure Length
104 Feet (31.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
49010924256

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This bridge is technically a pair of steel plate girder bridges with the outside of the girders faced in concrete so to casual viewers the bridge looks like a concrete bridge. The bridge has a simple, streamlined visual appearance. It has the names of the former railroad lines cast into the concrete, Chicago and NorthWestern North Shore Line. Today, the western bridge carries Metra trains, while the eastern bridge carries a bike path. The bridge has stairways that lead up to the deck level of the bridges from the road below. This suggests that there was once a train station here, since the stairs would have provided access to the platforms. The former Barat College buildings are northeast of this bridge. It is possible a train station was once here to serve the college.

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