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Big Rock Forest Preserve Bridge

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Photo taken by Steve Conro in March 2012

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BH Photo #227345

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Description 

Completed in 2005, Big Rock Creek Forest Preserve bridge was subsequently awarded the American Council of Engineering Companies-Illinois Special Achievement in Engineering Excellence.

The Forest Preserve District planned to span the creek with a trail bridge, the primary goal was to protect this precious natural resource. The District challenged the engineering team to implement a bridge design without piers or permanent structures in the creek or the adjacent wetlands. Furthermore, construction equipment or activities would not be allowed in these sensitive environmental areas during the construction process…this project fulfilled the District's mission of protecting and preserving our natural resources for the education, recreation, and pleasure of all its citizens. Source-KCFP Website

Facts 

Overview
Suspension bridge over Big Rock Creek on Pedestrian Trail
Location
Kane County, Illinois
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built in 2005
Builder
- Sahale LLC of Lake Forest Park, Washington
Design
Suspension bridge. Towers are 40' tall
Dimensions
Total length: 220.0 ft.
Deck width: 6.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.73768, -88.51017   (decimal degrees)
41°44'16" N, 88°30'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/374417/4621753 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Plano
Inventory number
BH 51661 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 9, 2012: Added by Steve Conro

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Comments 

Big Rock Forest Preserve Bridge
Posted April 11, 2012, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Agreed. Don't blend into natural much plus you can see them a mile away.

Big Rock Forest Preserve Bridge
Posted March 9, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

If they'd made the towers less fugly I'd have no problem with this MOB