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CTA Green Line/IC Overpass


Screencap from the 1976 blaxploitation film "The Monkey Hu$tle"

Micro-review of the Arthur Marks film "The Monkey Hu$tle" (This triggers the Fair Use clause.):

The movie is a 5/10. The plot is just as nonsensical as the average low-budget children's cartoon, but the characters don't entirely suck. The soundtrack gets a 10/10, purely on some of the basslines.

© Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Arthur Marks; Used under Fair Use.


BH Photo #349060


Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Illinois Central Railroad on Chicago Transit Authority Green Line
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Opened April 23, 1892; Closed March 4, 1982; Removed 1984
- Keystone Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
- Rapid Transit
- South Side Elevated Railroad
Pennsylvania through truss
Total length: 229.0 ft.
Also called
CTA Green Line - 63rd Street Bridge
63rd Street 'L' Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.78057, -87.59064   (decimal degrees)
41°46'50" N, 87°35'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/450916/4625582 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Jackson Park
Inventory number
BH 67791 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 27, 2021: New photo from Luke
  • July 27, 2021: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added contractor, exact dates of opening and closing.
  • July 27, 2021: New photo from Dave King
  • September 23, 2017: New photo from Dave King
  • February 17, 2016: New photo from Luke
  • May 25, 2015: Added by Luke



CTA Green Line/IC Overpass
Posted July 27, 2021, by Luke

Spoke too soon, as I found https://books.google.com/books?id=Ey1KAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PA57&d..., which confirms that Keystone fabricated this extension, as well as the original South Side Elevated segments per https://www.chicago-l.org/history/southside.html

CTA Green Line/IC Overpass
Posted July 27, 2021, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Added builder from chicago-l.org website. I lived in Chicago when this bridge was closed, and I remember that for a time, the Metra/IC railroad line accepted CTA tickets at its 63rd Street station. This station is visible in Dave King's new historical photos, in current google satellite view, and is in Metra's current timetables.

CTA Green Line/IC Overpass
Posted July 27, 2021, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just added the link to the image. I went back and looked but I didnít see anything mentioning a builder.

CTA Green Line/IC Overpass
Posted July 27, 2021, by Luke

Dave, does the article mention a builder?