CWI - Calumet River Bridge
C&WI is the lowered bridge in the foreground
Photo taken by Steve Conro in September 2012
BH Photo #240020
The Chicago & Western Indiana (CWI) Railroad Bridge is an outstanding example of a “tower-driven” vertical-lift bridge, characterized by its operating machinery mounted upon the two towers of the bridge that contain the counterweights. ...the bridge is based on the patents developed in the early 20th century by the Kansas City-based firm of Waddell and Harrington, yet is the modern counterpart to the firm’s popular “span-driven” bridges built between 1912 and 1915 in Chicago.
-Commission on Chicago Landmarks, Historic Chicago Railroad Bridges report
When the adjacent Torrence Avenue Bridge was closed for rehabilitation in 2012, this bridge was rehabilitated for temporary use as a two-lane road bridge. Current google satellite imagery still shows roadways in this 2012 configuration.
- Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Calumet River on abandoned Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad
- Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
- Closed to all traffic
- Built 1967-1968 to replace earlier Strauss-type bridge; temporarily used for road traffic 2012; currently disused, stored in raised position
- - American Bridge Co. of New York
- Corbett Construction Co. of Louisville, Kentucky
- - Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad (CWI)
- Warren through truss with all verticals
Total length: 282.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +41.66945, -87.55872 (decimal degrees)
41°40'10" N, 87°33'31" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/453489/4613227 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Lake Calumet
- Inventory number
- BH 50922 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- February 18, 2018: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add 2012 rehab and temporary use as a road bridge
- September 25, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro
- August 13, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad", "Railroad", "Navigable waterway"
- January 12, 2012: Added by Frank Hicks