view from the south towards stanford ave
Photo taken by Elliott Johnson in April 2014
License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)
BH Photo #281876
This is not the original structure. There used to be a viaduct that ran from the east side abutment over the old GM & O tracks (now UP) and went west towards MacArthur Blvd. that belonged to the Illinois Terminal RR. That structure was removed around 1970. Some years later, the IC RR purchased the old right of way and put in this bridge with a curved track going down to the south. It was designed to allow trains coming in from the south an access to the IC main line running around 18th Street. It followed the old IT line to just east of 11th Street where it then made a jog further south to bring the line into the 18th Street line. This eliminated the underpass that the IT used below the IC line just east of Fox Bridge Rd.