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Bishop Ford Expwy "Steel Bridge"

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Photo taken by Steve Conro in September 2012

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Description 

If you lived or been in Chicago and listened to the traffic reports you've undoubtedly heard travel times on the Bishop Ford Expy from 95th to the "Steel Bridge".

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Overview
Pair of through truss bridges over Little Calumet River on I-94 in calumet City
Location
Calumet City, Cook County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1949
Design
Warren through truss with all verticals
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 419.8 ft.
Total length: 794.7 ft.
Deck width: 39.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.64127, -87.57851   (decimal degrees)
41°38'29" N, 87°34'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/451821/4610109 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lake Calumet
Inventory numbers
IL 016-0158 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15105 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2011)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 83.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
317,200

Update Log 

  • March 22, 2012: New Street View added by Tony Dillon

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Bishop Ford Expwy "Steel Bridge"
Posted April 19, 2013, by Paul Ronczy (paul [dot] ronczy [at] ssa [dot] gov)

The current bridges are replacement bridges built sometime in the 1980's. The original bridges as built had a grated steel deck which made a distinctive sound when driving over it, hence the name.

Calumet Expressway Bridge
Posted March 22, 2012, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Chicago radio traffic reporters call this "The Steel Bridge". Urban legend has it that this bridge is magnetic, and pulls vehicles into it, which is why it is a frequent site of accidents.