|Bridge Name||Facility Carried / Feature Intersected||Location||Structure Type||Construction Date and Builder/Engineer|
Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad Bridge
||Railroad (Chicago and Western Indiana) Over Little Calumet River||Chicago: Cook County, Illinois||Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed||By Builder/Contractor: Unknown|
This bridge is a typical example of the many railroad truss bridges that can be found on the Little Calumet River and the Calumet Sag Channel. They are mid-20th Century truss bridges, and contain traditional composition for truss bridges dating to that period. This particular bridge appears to retain good historic integrity.
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July 29, 2013 - A project study has been initiated for the reconstruction of historic North Lake Shore Drive. This project puts a large number of historic bridges at risk for demolition and replacement. However, it could also be an opportunity to rehabilitate the bridges. Visit the project website.
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April, 2013 - The replacement of the outer trusses of the northern Wells Street Bridge bascule leaf is underway. The outer trusses of the southern bascule leaf has already been completed.
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