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Willow Road Bridge

Willow Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 12, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Willow Road Over Middle Fork of North Branch Chicago River
Location
Northfield: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1941 By Builder/Contractor: Superior Concrete Construction Company

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
44 Feet (13 Meters)
Structure Length
47 Feet (14 Meters)
Roadway Width
48 Feet (14.63 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
16053504208

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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 Plaque

WILLOW ROAD BRIDGE
OVER MIDDLE FORK OF NORTH BRANCH
OF CHICAGO RIVER

SECTION 110-1922.4-M.F.T.
STATE AID ROUTE 110
COOK COUNTY
BUILT 1941

SUPERIOR CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION CO.
CONTRACTOR

E. A. REED
HIGHWAY ENGINEER
IN CHARGE OF BRIDGES

GEORGE A. QUINLAN
SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS

County Plaque

BUILT 1941 BY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF COOK COUNTY

PRESIDENT
CLAYTON F. SMITH

ROAD AND BRIDGE COMMITTEE
DANIEL RYAN
JOHN E. TRAEGER
FRANK BOBRYTZKE
WILLIAM BUSSE
H. WALLACE CALDWELL
MRS. ELIZABETH CONKEY
WILLIAM N. ERICKSON
FRED FISCHMAN
CHAIRMAN
VICE-CHAIRMAN
PETER FOSCO
MAURICE F. KAVANAGH
MARY MCENERNEY
GEORGE A. MILLER
GEORGE F. NIXON
EDWARD M. SNEED

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