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Grand Avenue Union Pacific Railroad Bridge

Photo 

Looking West

Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in November 2015

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BH Photo #346094

Map 

Street Views 

Description 

Oldest bridge in Chicago or Cook County still in service. Carries Metra and Union Pacific trains over several city streets at a diagonal angle.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over W Grand Ave and N Union Ave on UPRR
Location
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca 1888 reconstructed 1977
Railroads
- Metra (METX)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Deck plate girder multi beam
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 87.9 ft.
Total length: 220.2 ft.
Deck width: 47.9 ft.
Skew angle
45 degrees
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.89121, -87.64548   (decimal degrees)
41°53'28" N, 87°38'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/446451/4637899 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 70159 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2014)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 53.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
14,000

Categories 

19th Century (6,182)
Built 1888 (181)
Built during 1880s (1,645)
Chicago, Illinois (256)
Cook County, Illinois (368)
Deck girder (4,497)
Girder (7,953)
Have street view (22,078)
Illinois (3,845)
Metra (66)
Open (36,573)
Owned by railroad (9,823)
Plate girder (6,123)
Railroad (13,091)
Skewed (4,672)
Span length 75-100 feet (5,805)
Structurally deficient (18,431)
Total length 175-250 feet (3,768)
Union Pacific Railroad (1,923)

Update Log 

  • February 18, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Merge NBI data; add street views; noted it is oldest in-service bridge in Cook County
  • January 17, 2016: New photo from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • November 29, 2015: Added by Royce and Bobette Haley

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