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IHB - IN53 Overpass


1910 photo

bridge left background

LiveLeak.com 29 Aug 2007 by "Sconiers"

View this photo at wpc.281e.edgecastcdn.net

BH Photo #179489


Street View 


Pictured on LiveLeak describing serious deterioration of column bases. Many bridges in Gary on Sconiers' youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Sconiers

Topside exploration of bridge (2017) https://youtu.be/uOsuJI7xECI?t=22m44s


Plate girder bridge over State highway 53 on former Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad
Gary, Lake County, Indiana
This bridge doubled as a passenger platform for local commuter transportation to and from Hammond from May 1909 until possibly the 1930's.
- Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad (IHB)
Steel support columns, concrete passenger platform
Total length: 107.0 ft.
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.59340, -87.33704   (decimal degrees)
41°35'36" N, 87°20'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/471910/4604687 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 46336 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 29, 2018: Updated by Korry Shepard: added extra details
  • November 23, 2017: Updated by David Backlin: Updated to Lost per Forum Comment
  • June 17, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "railroad"
  • September 26, 2010: Added by Clark Vance

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IHB - IN53 Overpass
Posted November 23, 2017, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

I hope you don't mind my taking the liberty of adding the lost date.

IHB - IN53 Overpass
Posted November 19, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

For less work than it takes to post a comment, you can update the bridge entry to reflect the demolition.

IHB - IN53 Overpass
Posted November 19, 2017, by GIRailfan (rgeceo [at] gmail [dot] com )

This bridge has been demolished as of the summer of 2017.

IHB - IN53 Overpass
Posted May 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Salt trucks strike again!

IHB - IN53 Overpass
Posted May 17, 2017, by GIRailfan (rgeceo [at] gmail [dot] com)

Apparently this bridge is slated to be demolished sometime in the near future. Work is to be done by IDOT. I don't know if it will happen this year or in 2018.