This bridge was built in 1941. It is a foot bridge, built to carry pedestrians only. The Racine Engineering Department worked with the Works Progress Administration to build this bridge, and as such it is historically significant for association with Depression era relief programs. The bridge was previously an unaltered and outstanding example of a concrete rigid-frame bridge. However shortly before HistoricBridges.org photo-documented this bridge, its original concrete railings were removed and replaced with ugly modern metal railings. The metal railings do not even remotely look like the original railings, and they make a bridge that once looked historic and attractive look a lot more ugly. While the superstructure remains unaltered, the bridge simply has lost its visual charm without the railings. It is unclear why the original railings could not have been repaired, or even replaced in kind.
The below photo shows the bridge prior to alteration.
Photo Source: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
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