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I&M Canal Trail - Fox River Bridge

Photos 

Looking Northeast, South Side Of Plate Girder Bridge Which Carried The Interurban Line Across The Fox River. Note The Steel-Frame Supports For The Catenary

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #329348

Map 

Description 

The HAER-given build date is 27 years off.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Fox River on I&M Canal Trail (Nee Chicago & Illiinois Valley Railway)
Location
Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1930; Abandoned 1934, Converted to trail?
Railroads
- Chicago & Illinois Valley Railway (C&IV)
- Interurban
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 480.0 ft.
Also called
C&IV - Fox River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.35228, -88.82848   (decimal degrees)
41°21'08" N, 88°49'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/347040/4579477 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ottawa
Inventory number
BH 68008 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 14, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 26, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • June 13, 2015: Added by Luke

Sources 

Comments 

I&M Canal Trail - Fox River Bridge
Posted June 14, 2015, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I really is 2 bridges. The aqueduct was the main bridge and the interurban line was added sitting on the same piers next to it. Zoom in on my pic 15 on the aqueduct page and you can more clearly see the 2 separately.

I&M Canal Trail - Fox River Bridge
Posted June 14, 2015, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

Am I now to conclude that this bridge was never an aqueduct?