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Henslow Trail - Joliet Army Arsenal Bridge

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Photo taken by Steve Conro in February 2012

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BH Photo #225628

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Description 

Former US Government rail spur to the Army's Joliet Arsenal/Ammunition Plant used during WWII. Site has been converted to the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. The bridge is now a trail bridge connecting the two sections of the park. This was also Old Route 66 passing underneath.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over IL53 (Old Rte 66) & UPPR (former ICG) on Former Joliet Army Arsenal Railroad
Location
Will County, Illinois
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Spur to abandoned Joliet Army Munitions Plant during WWII
Builder
- U.S. Army of Washington, D.C.
Railroads
- Rail-to-trail
- US Army Transportation Corps (USAX)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 87.9 ft.
Total length: 226.1 ft.
Also called
Joliet Army Arsenal Bridge
USAX - Joliet Army Arsenal Bridge
Henslow Trail - Iron Bridge
Iron Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.37623, -88.12934   (decimal degrees)
41°22'34" N, 88°07'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/405562/4581138 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Channahon
Inventory numbers
IL 099-0088 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 51366 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
3,600

Update Log 

  • January 10, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added category "US Army Transportation Corps"
  • February 21, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Added categories "Rail-to-trail", "US 66", "United States Army"

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