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I-88 Fox River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Steve Conro in December 2011

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BH Photo #221436

Map 

Description 

NBI shows 1958 build date for the original open spandrel bridge. It was replaced 2008-2010 with a design evoking the original arches. Original 1958 piers reused in 2010 for new westbound span.

Facts 

Overview
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Fox River, Grant St, IL25, BNSF Spur on Interstate-88
Location
North Aurora, Kane County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built in 1958 , replaced in 2008
Design
Pair of open-spandrel arch bridges
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 178.5 ft.
Total length: 1,338.6 ft.
Deck width: 71.5 ft.
Also called
Regan Memorial Hwy Fox River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.79626, -88.31997   (decimal degrees)
41°47'47" N, 88°19'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/390334/4627997 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Aurora North
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
79,600
Inventory numbers
IL 045-9938 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 50445 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2012)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 61 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 7, 2013: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added photos
  • June 19, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Updated history based on NBI info and state website.
  • December 6, 2011: Added by Steve Conro

Sources 

  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

I-88 Fox River Bridge
Posted June 19, 2012, by Anonymous

The description for this bridge is incorrect- this bridge was built in 2008, replacing an existing 1958 open spandrel concrete arch:

http://www.aspirebridge.org/pdfs/magazine/issue_11/fox_river...

The arches were cast on their sides in pieces and moved to the job site with trucks.

This is a pretty cool project - according to the article, the total cost to use an open spandrel arch instead of a concrete beam design was less than $3 million on a $44 million project - that's only a 6.8% increase for a bridge with a good looking modernist design that will be considered an attractive historic bridge in the future. I wish there were more examples of architectural design like this in all new bridges.

There are pictures of both the old and new bridges on this page: http://www.illinoistollway.com/news-room/photos-graphics/roa...