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EJ&E- Sanitary Canal Bridge

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EJE - Sanitary canal Bridge

Removed

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in June 2013

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BH Photo #344013

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Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Sanitary Canal
Location
Lockport, Will County, Illinois
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built in 1907 removed 1984
Builders
- Chicago Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois
- Isham Randolph (Chief Engineer)
- Sanitary District
- Strobel Steel Construction Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Railroad
- Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway (EJE)
Design
Through truss swing
Also called
Butterfly Dam Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.59402, -88.06827   (decimal degrees)
41°35'38" N, 88°04'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/410967/4605253 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Joliet
Inventory number
BH 70249 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 3, 2016: New photos from Luke
  • December 14, 2015: Updated by Douglas Butler: Added info

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EJ&E- Sanitary Canal Bridge
Posted April 23, 2017, by Anonymous

As far as I know this was never a bridge, per say. It was a dam across a special narrow section of the canal meant to be used as an emergency shut-off device if the gates of the locks ever failed. The through-truss section was fixed in place parallel with the centerline of the canal and the dam would swing across the canal underneath it and shut off the flow of water. It was literally a butterfly valve.

EJ&E- Sanitary Canal Bridge
Posted December 3, 2016, by Archie Marsh

FWIW