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Oak Street Bridge


Photo taken by Steve Conro in March 2012


BH Photo #228047


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Girder bridge over the BNSF Railroad on Oak Street in Hinsdale
Hinsdale, Du Page County, Illinois
Demolished and replaced by new bridge
Built ca. 1910
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Pony plate girder
Length of largest span: 45.9 ft.
Total length: 109.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.80479, -87.92007   (decimal degrees)
41°48'17" N, 87°55'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/423569/4628511 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
IL 022-6550 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15203 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 5, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • August 25, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Demolished 8/24/2015
  • July 25, 2014: Updated by Luke: Doomed
  • March 21, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro
  • March 20, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro



Oak Street Bridge
Posted February 20, 2018, by David S. (dscharen [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is a link to 17 images of the old Oak Street Bridge in its last few days prior to removal, with some from it's final night. By this time, the road was closed to traffic, the pedestrian walkway had been removed, and brush along the tracks had been removed for construction equipment. Rail traffic was stopped and the the bridge finally removed in the wee morning hours of August 25, 2015. In the removal process, it was being reported that the bridge deck itself was from an obsolete railroad turntable that was too small for the larger steam locomotives. The table would have then been split down the middle and widened to accommodate the roadbed. Since the railroad was owned by the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy at the time the bridge was constructed, it is very likely it came from a CB&Q roundhouse. Given how frugal railroads always tended to be, this theory is highly plausible. I did not see any more evidence to confirm this, however, as all talk of the old bridge pretty much ceased once it was removed.


Oak Street Bridge
Posted March 21, 2012, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Very busy rail line here. Caught a WB Amtrak, EB Metra and a EB BNSF intermodal in 15 mins I was there shooting pics.