Roger Deschner

About Me 

Email: rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com

I am a lifelong amateur photographer and incurable tourist who has pointed my camera at a number of bridges along the way. Some of my pictures of bridges have accidentally become historic, as the bridges have been destroyed or altered since I photographed them. I am currently focusing on bridges in the Chicago area.

Favorite Photos 

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View from southwest, ground level

Archer Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
This close up view from the southwest at ground level highlights the incredibly intricate design of this bridge.

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Aerial view of bridge

San Diego - Coronado Bridge (San Diego County, California)
Photo taken from commercial jetliner. Looking north, Coronado Island is at lower left; Downtown San Diego is at upper left.

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Cupcakes

Fort Morgan Rainbow Arch Bridge (Morgan County, Colorado)
Freshly fallen snow is frosting on the arches like a double row of cupcakes. Snow on the deck makes for nice shadows too. View from north portal.

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View from southeast

NCRC - South Loup River Bridge (Howard County, Nebraska)

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View from southwest

Wells Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
View from southwest with Brown Line train crossing on top deck. The grey south leaf has already been replaced, and the red north leaf is awaiting replacement.

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South Portal

Nine Span Bridge (Lake County, Indiana)
January 13, 2013 was a very somber, grey day. Somehow an appropriate benediction as the bridge carried traffic for its last full day.

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South Portal Traffic

Arsenal Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Train enters south portal, while a car exits underneath the train.

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Bridge before collapse

I-35W Mississippi River Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
View from above, from a high floor of the hotel southeast of the bridge. Picture taken just 4 years before the collapse.

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Recent Updates 

Cassville Ferry (Grant County, Wisconsin)
Toll ferry over the Mississippi River between Cassville, Wisconsin, and Turkey River, Iowa
July 10, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add start date (1833) and description; now operates daily in summer.
Beavertail Mountain Tunnel (Mesa County, Colorado)
Pair of tunnels under Beavertail Mountain on Interstate 70/US 6
July 10, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add build date, description, US 6 also goes through this tunnel
Krchnak Road Bridge (Bastrop County, Texas)
Pony/through girder bridge over Pin Oak Creek on Krchnak Road (County Road 183)
July 10, 2017: Added
Clear Creek Bridge (Allamakee County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Clear Creek on South Road in Lansing
July 2, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Bridge has been demolished. Replacement under construction.
Schoharie Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, New York)
Lost deck plate girder bridge over Schoharie Creek on I-90/New York State Thruway
June 18, 2017: Photo imported
I-85 Piedmont Avenue Overpass (Fulton County, Georgia)
Lost Concrete deck girder bridge over Piedmont Avenue and Peachtree Creek on I-85
April 23, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Changed name to Piedmont Ave Overpass, SB lanes destroyed too, clarified description, reopening date; add new street view
I-85 Piedmont Avenue Overpass (Fulton County, Georgia)
Lost Concrete deck girder bridge over Piedmont Avenue and Peachtree Creek on I-85
April 23, 2017: New Street View added
Oakwood Blvd Lake Shore Drive Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Lake Shore Drive (US 41) on Oakwood Blvd
April 23, 2017: Added
Metra - Oakwood Boulevard Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Metra Electric Line and CN Railway on Oakwood Blvd
April 23, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: List all 3 railroads, add description.
I-85 Piedmont Avenue Overpass (Fulton County, Georgia)
Lost Concrete deck girder bridge over Piedmont Avenue and Peachtree Creek on I-85
April 23, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Changed name to Piedmont Ave Overpass, SB lanes destroyed too, clarified description, reopening date
UP - Tunnel 39 (Grand County, Colorado)
Tunnel on Union Pacific Railroad
April 23, 2017: Photo imported
UP - Tunnel 40 (Grand County, Colorado)
Tunnel on Union Pacific Railroad
April 23, 2017: Photo imported
Huey P. Long Bridge (Jefferson Parish) (Jefferson Parish, Louisiana)
Cantilevered through truss bridge over the Mississippi River on US 90 in Jefferson
April 2, 2017: New video
I-85 Piedmont Avenue Overpass (Fulton County, Georgia)
Lost Concrete deck girder bridge over Piedmont Avenue and Peachtree Creek on I-85
March 30, 2017: New Street View added
I-85 Piedmont Avenue Overpass (Fulton County, Georgia)
Lost Concrete deck girder bridge over Piedmont Avenue and Peachtree Creek on I-85
March 30, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Correct location per news reports
I-85 Piedmont Avenue Overpass (Fulton County, Georgia)
Lost Concrete deck girder bridge over Piedmont Avenue and Peachtree Creek on I-85
March 30, 2017: Added
Division Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Cal Sag Channel on Division Street in Blue island
March 27, 2017: New photos
Chatham Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Polygonal Warren through truss bridge over Cal Sag Channel on Chatham Street in Blue Island
March 27, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Rehab complete, bridge reopened. Added photos, updated description.
Chatham Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Polygonal Warren through truss bridge over Cal Sag Channel on Chatham Street in Blue Island
March 27, 2017: New photos
Red Cliff Arch Bridge (Eagle County, Colorado)
Steel deck arch bridge over Eagle River, Union Pacific Railroad, and Water Street on US 24 at Red Cliff
March 27, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add rehab info to description and links
Adams Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Bascule bridge over South Branch Chicago River on Adams Street (former westbound US 66) in Chicago
March 12, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Rehabilitation complete; bridge reopened to all traffic
Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (Monterey County, California)
Beam bridge over Pfeiffer Canyon on State Route 1
February 26, 2017: New Street View added
Dealey Plaza Triple Overpass (Dallas County, Texas)
Bridge over Main Street, Elm Street, & Commerce Street on Railroads (UP & DART)
February 24, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add description, NRHP info, ref to history of JFK assassination here
35th Street Pedestrian Bridge (new) (Cook County, Illinois)
Self-anchored suspension bridge over Metra Electric Line, South Shore Railroad, Canadian National Railway, South Lake Shore Drive (US 41), and Lakefront Trail, on pedestrian pathway that is an extention of the 35th Street sidewalks
February 19, 2017: Added
Jackson Park Lagoon Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Stringer bridge over Jackson Park Lagoon on S. Lake Shore Drive (US 41) and Lakefront Trail in Chicago
February 18, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add description, photos, correct build date per HAER
Grand Avenue Union Pacific Railroad Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over W Grand Ave and N Union Ave on UPRR
February 18, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Merge NBI data; add street views; noted it is oldest in-service bridge in Cook County
Grand Avenue Union Pacific Railroad Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over W Grand Ave and N Union Ave on UPRR
February 18, 2017: New Street View added
Jackson Park Lagoon Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Stringer bridge over Jackson Park Lagoon on S. Lake Shore Drive (US 41) and Lakefront Trail in Chicago
February 16, 2017: New Street View added
Winona Bridge (new) (Winona County, Minnesota)
Concrete deck box girder bridge over Mississippi River on westbound MN 43/WI 54
January 30, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Completed, open to traffic
Winona Bridge (Winona County, Minnesota)
Through truss bridge over Mississippi River on MN 43 in Winona
January 30, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Bridge now closed for rehab
UP - Tennessee Pass Tunnel (Eagle County, Colorado)
Railroad tunnel under Tennessee Pass north of Leadville on closed Union Pacific RR
January 11, 2017: New video
BNSF - Canal Street Lift Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge over South Branch of Chicago River on BNSF Railway
December 28, 2016: New photos
North Avenue Bridge (Kane County, Illinois)
Concrete bridge over Fox River on North Avenue in Aurora
December 28, 2016: New photo
CSX - Sand Patch Tunnel (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)
Tunnel under Allegheny Mountains on CSX Keystone Subdivision
December 26, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Amtrak"
Fort Street Bridge (New) (Wayne County, Michigan)
Modern bascule pony truss bridge over Rouge River on M-85 Fort Street
December 20, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Scherzer-type rolling lift"
Ogden Avenue Viaduct (Cook County, Illinois)
Lost viaduct over Chicago River North Branch and city streets on Ogden Avenue
December 20, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add description, US route numbers, correct bridge type
DVGR - Cheat Mountain Tunnel (Randolph County, West Virginia)
Tunnel for Durbin-Greenbrier Valley Railroad
December 19, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Curved"
UP - Moffat Tunnel (Grand County, Colorado)
Tunnel under Continental Divide west of Denver on Union Pacific RR
November 22, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add history; tunnel is actually owned by the State of Colorado
DVGR - Cheat Mountain Tunnel (Randolph County, West Virginia)
Tunnel for Durbin-Greenbrier Valley Railroad
October 10, 2016: New video
Red Cliff Arch Bridge (Eagle County, Colorado)
Steel deck arch bridge over Eagle River, Union Pacific Railroad, and Water Street on US 24 at Red Cliff
September 15, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added photos, description, street views
Red Cliff Arch Bridge (Eagle County, Colorado)
Steel deck arch bridge over Eagle River, Union Pacific Railroad, and Water Street on US 24 at Red Cliff
September 15, 2016: New Street View added
Red Cliff Arch Bridge (Eagle County, Colorado)
Steel deck arch bridge over Eagle River, Union Pacific Railroad, and Water Street on US 24 at Red Cliff
September 15, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add photos, description
Red Cliff Arch Bridge (Eagle County, Colorado)
Steel deck arch bridge over Eagle River, Union Pacific Railroad, and Water Street on US 24 at Red Cliff
September 15, 2016: New photos
Red Cliff Arch Bridge (Eagle County, Colorado)
Steel deck arch bridge over Eagle River, Union Pacific Railroad, and Water Street on US 24 at Red Cliff
September 14, 2016: New photo
Arsenal Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Baltimore through truss bridge over Mississippi River on 2 lanes of traffic and 2 rail lines in Davenport
September 14, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category ""Truck Eating""
UP - Tennessee Pass Tunnel (Eagle County, Colorado)
Railroad tunnel under Tennessee Pass north of Leadville on closed Union Pacific RR
September 13, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add photos and street view; update status to "embargoed" per wikipedia
UP - Tennessee Pass Tunnel (Eagle County, Colorado)
Railroad tunnel under Tennessee Pass north of Leadville on closed Union Pacific RR
September 13, 2016: New Street View added
UP - Tennessee Pass Tunnel (Eagle County, Colorado)
Railroad tunnel under Tennessee Pass north of Leadville on closed Union Pacific RR
September 13, 2016: New photos
Division Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Cal Sag Channel on Division Street in Blue island
September 13, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Rehab complete; bridge reopened
Chatham Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Polygonal Warren through truss bridge over Cal Sag Channel on Chatham Street in Blue Island
September 13, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Rehabilitation underway

Recent Comments 

Are pairs one or two bridges?
Posted July 10, 2017

I do not see any consistency here for handling pairs of one-way bridges or tunnels. Usually they are handled as one, but in some cases they are handled separately, such as the Eisenhower and Johnson tunnels on I-70 in Colorado or the Winona MN bridges over the Mississippi. I'm looking for guidance here.

Posted July 10, 2017

When I am driving down a highway, and I see a sign "LOAD ZONED BRIDGE AHEAD" on a side road, that's an invitation to explore. Though I was hoping for a nice, picturesque, old truss, what I found on Krchnak Road near Smithville TX was unusual enough to be notable. You just don't see too many recycled flatcar bridges, and this one was made from two flatcars welded together lengthwise to form a wide enough roadway. The two guys fishing said they didn't know of any others like it in the area.

Posted July 2, 2017

Article about city approval of new replacement bridge, which is now under construction. https://www.waukonstandard.com/articles/2016/08/03/lansing-c...

Posted June 19, 2017

I just found that Google put their street view camera on a boat on the Chicago River. It captured some great views of a number of interesting bridges, with even good views of the undersides of bridges, including this bridge. It went up the North Branch on both sides of Goose Island to North Avenue, down the South Branch to Damen Avenue, and out the Main Branch through the Chicago Locks and all around in Lake Michigan past Navy Pier.

This will be fun to explore!

Posted June 18, 2017

The Red Bridge in Des Moines is "high"lighted (pun intended) in this Associated Press article, which has been published in a number of newspapers today such as the Chicago Tribune. It reports on a number of bridges that are being raised in inland areas of the country due to increasing flood risk.

https://apnews.com/552ec81f352f475ba2c80624d8a720f8/Climate-...

Posted April 23, 2017

The photo I had previously posted here turned out to be a picture of Tunnel 39, so I moved it there.

Posted April 13, 2017

Nice piece about this bridge this morning on WBEZ (NPR Chicago), focusing on the bridgetender's house, and its role in the Great Chicago Flood of 1992, which happened 25 years ago today. Audio story includes interesting history of the bridge, including its origin as a pathway between two taverns, the time a taxicab flew off it into the river while it was being lifted, and of course the Great Chicago Flood in 1992 which was caused by pilings driven to protect the bridge from errant barges. Some nice photos.

https://www.wbez.org/shows/morning-shift/whats-that-building...

Posted April 2, 2017

I'm not sure either. More recent reports would seem to pinpoint the failed spans as being part of the Piedmont Avenue overpass and viaduct. The fire location was just northeast of Piedmont Avenue, and google street views from Piedmont under the bridge also show the suspicious spools. I originally added this, and I'll fix it up when better information becomes available.

Georgia DOT inspectors have now also condemned the southbound lanes as having been damaged by the fire badly enough to require replacement, even though that bridge did not collapse.

Winona Bridge (Minnesota)
Posted January 30, 2017

Apparently good news here. After some uncertainty over cost, MNDOT will rehab the main steel truss spans of the old bridge after all, but they'll completely replace the approach spans in what appears to be a compromise to keep the overall project within budget. They will be replaced one at a time to maintain contractor access for rehabbing the main steel truss spans at the same time. First Minnesota end, then Wisconsin. So it will indeed wind up as an old/new couplet of 1-way bridges.

I was just through Winona, and I drove across the new westbound bridge. It has opened to 2-way traffic until work on the old bridge is completed and it's reopened for eastbound traffic in 2019. Demolition work has begun on the west (Minnesota) approach spans.

http://www.postbulletin.com/news/local/fixing-the-winona-bri...

Posted January 12, 2017

Bridge is now threatened, and a group is organizing in Long Grove to save it. Newspaper article: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170111/news/170119721/

It's a kind of a crazy bridge - a 1906 metal pony truss that gained a covering in 1972.

Posted January 9, 2017

Here's another theory, after comparing the 1962 topo map with the present satellite imagery.

I think the bridge is still in its original location, though it is now crossing dry land. Sometime after 1962, Clear Creek changed course to the north, either by a natural flood or deliberately by man. When it did, it washed out the entire road on the north side of the creek - the creek now appears to occupy the former alignment of the road. Rather than rebuild the road close to where it was on the north side of the creek and move the bridge, which could have left the road vulnerable to another washout, the county simply rebuilt the road on its present alignment south of the creek, along with a new bridge at a new location. This also eliminated two sharp curves on the road.

Posted December 28, 2016

Deck completely replaced in 2016. If the city spent that much on rehabilitation, this iconic bridge probably won't be demolished and replaced anytime soon. We can hope.

Posted December 20, 2016

From the photos at http://www.detroitnews.com/picture-gallery/news/local/detroi..., this appears to be a Scherzer-type rolling lift bridge, an unusual design for 2015. Is this true?

Posted November 22, 2016

The Ski Train will resume service on January 7, 2017, running from Denver Union Station, through the Moffat Tunnel, to Winter Park Resort. It will run Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays. It will be operated by Amtrak using Amtrak equipment. https://www.amtrak.com/winterparkexpress

Posted September 13, 2016

Visited in July 2016 and took some pictures. Track appears somewhat maintained, with evidence a hi-rail vehicle has been through here recently. So UPRR has not completely abandoned this line (yet). However all signal systems have been dismantled. The south portal is easily reached on a public county road, from US 24 just south of the pass.