This bridge is of a simple and unremarkable structure type, but it is an unaltered example of a county-designed bridge from the 1940s. As such, it is an outstanding example of some of the intriguing architectural details that the county incorporated in some of its bridges. The bridge would not be described as ornate, but it is beautifully designed in a manner that appears to follow the Streamline Moderne style which was popular around the time this bridge was built. The design of the railings emphasize long, horizontal lines, while the abutments have a decorative cylindrical design to them.
Main PlaqueWILLOW ROAD BRIDGE
OVER MIDDLE FORK OF NORTH BRANCH
OF CHICAGO RIVER
STATE AID ROUTE 110
SUPERIOR CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION CO.
E. A. REED
IN CHARGE OF BRIDGES
GEORGE A. QUINLAN
SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
County PlaqueBUILT 1941 BY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF COOK COUNTY
CLAYTON F. SMITH
ROAD AND BRIDGE COMMITTEE
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