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Smith's Highway Bridge

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Smith's Highway Bridge

Chicago Tribune: August 11 1961

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BH Photo #442071

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Description 

The 4th of 5 bridges at this location, an obviously favorable location for a bridge. The first bridge was built in 1852, and the latest in 1957, which today carries Interstate 55.

All 5 bridges here have had nearly the same name - Smith's Bridge or Smith Bridge.

This 4th bridge was built for Illinois Route 59 in 1932, and was subsequently integrated into the new bypass routing of US 66 in 1940. It had two main spans, with a girder north approach span, and a through truss south approach span. When US 66 was widened to four lanes on the new 5th Smith Bridge in 1957, it was abandoned, but was still visible in 1961 aerial photos. (Link to aerial photo below.)

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Des Plaines River on IL 59/US 66
Location
Will County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Opened September 15, 1932; replaced 1957; demolished ca 1962
Builder
- Powers Thompson Construction Co.
Design
3-span Through truss
Dimensions
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.5 ft.
Also called
US 66 Des Plaines River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.42217, -88.19314   (decimal degrees)
41°25'20" N, 88°11'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/400297/4586310 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Channahon
Inventory number
BH 67594 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Beam (14,378)
Built 1932 (917)
Built during 1930s (11,245)
Des Plaines River (23)
Illinois (4,470)
Lost (22,269)
Lost 1962 (57)
Lost during 1960s (616)
Owned by state (15,131)
Powers Thompson Construction Co. (1)
Replaced by new bridge (14,857)
Steel stringer (5,619)
Through truss (14,046)
Truss (31,236)
US 66 (270)
Will County, Illinois (134)

Update Log 

  • January 8, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • May 15, 2015: Added by Roger Deschner

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