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BNSF - Big Rock Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Steve Conro in March 2012

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BH Photo #227342

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Arch bridge over Big Rock Creek on BNSF RR in Plano
Location
Plano, Kendall County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1903;
Builders
- G. H. Scribner Jr. of Chicago, Illinois (Contractor)
- German-American Portland Cement Co. of Hamburg, Germany & LaSalle, Illinois. (Concrete Mix)
- W. L. Breckenridge of Chicago, Illinois (CBQ Bridge Designer)
Railroads
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Design
Closed-spandrel concrete arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 75.0 ft.
Total length: 220.0 ft.
Also called
Klat Park RR Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.66523, -88.52464   (decimal degrees)
41°39'55" N, 88°31'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/373071/4613731 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Plano
Inventory number
BH 50738 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 23, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builders + span lengths
  • October 9, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • March 10, 2012: New photos from Gene Smania
  • March 9, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro
  • December 29, 2011: Added by Steve Conro

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke

Comments 

BNSF - Big Rock Creek Bridge
Posted May 16, 2019, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

it was so cold when pouring the concrete they feared it would freeze before curing. they used steam from an old boiler to run steam pipes thru to keep the concrete warm until it cured. I believe the small hut with the chimney in this photo would be the steam engine house. The concrete pour is nearly to the top in this photo.

BNSF - Big Rock Creek Bridge
Posted May 16, 2019, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

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BNSF - Big Rock Creek Bridge
Posted May 16, 2019, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

original bridge was built in 1881

BNSF - Big Rock Creek Bridge
Posted May 16, 2019, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

photo of falsework around old bridge

BNSF - Big Rock Creek Bridge
Posted May 16, 2019, by Tim (springfieldphotos [at] gmail [dot] com)

photo

BNSF - Big Rock Creek Bridge
Posted May 16, 2019, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

elevation

BNSF - Big Rock Creek Bridge
Posted May 16, 2019, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

photo from construction

BNSF - Big Rock Creek Bridge
Posted May 16, 2019, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

built on top of another bridge!

BNSF - Big Rock Creek Bridge
Posted May 16, 2019, by tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

photo of construction/falsework