|Bridge Name||Facility Carried / Feature Intersected||Location||Structure Type||Construction Date and Builder/Engineer|
Kedzie Avenue Bridge
||Kedzie Avenue Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal||Chicago: Cook County, Illinois||Metal Through Girder, Fixed||1970 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown|
|Main Span Length||Structure Length||Roadway Width||Main Spans||NBI Number|
|148.6 Feet (45.3 Meters)||350 Feet (106.7 Meters)||48 Feet (14.6 Meters)||4||16608426641|
This bridge is a riveted through plate girder. The way the spans are arranged, and the fact that the center span has a metal grate deck make this bridge seem like it might have once been part of a movable bridge, like Western Avenue Bridge. However this bridge appears to have always been a fixed bridge. A plaque on the bridge dated 1970 refers to the construction date of this bridge. As such, this bridge is an extremely late example of a riveted plate girder. Welded and bolted girders were the standard by 1970, with rivets nearly completely retired by this time in bridge construction work. The previous bridge at this location was a through truss swing bridge. The National Bridge Inventory lists the bridge as being built in 1909 and rehabilitated in 1969. While obviously an error, one has to wonder where the 1909 date came from. It might refer to when the previous swing bridge was first constructed.
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Main PlaqueSO. KEDZIE AVE.
CITY OF CHICAGO
RICHARD J. DALEY
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS
ASST. CHIEF ENGINEER - DESIGN
CHIEF BRIDGE ENGINEER
ASST. CHIEF BRIDGE ENGINEER
ASST. CHIEF ENGINEER - CONSTRUCTION
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