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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Frieght train passing through tunnel

UP - Tunnel 42 (Eagle County, Colorado)
This westbound freight train, snaking along the Colorado River in Gore Canyon, passes through Tunnel 42

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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 

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
Metra - Cal-Sag Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pair of through truss bridges over Calumet Sag Channel on Metra Rock Island Line
September 13, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added photo, street views, link to historicbridges.org
Metra - Cal-Sag Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pair of through truss bridges over Calumet Sag Channel on Metra Rock Island Line
September 13, 2016: New Street View added
Knox County Rainbow Bridge (Knox County, Ohio)
Bridge over Wakotomika Creek on OH-541
September 5, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Merge NBI data
WMSR/GAP - US-40 Overpass (Allegany County, Maryland)
Through truss bridge over US 40 on WMRR
September 5, 2016: New video
Williams Fork River CR 330 Bridge (Grand County, Colorado)
4-panel Pratt pony truss bridge over Williams Fork River on CR 330
July 30, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added photos, corrected GPS location, added builder
NS - Natural Tunnel (Scott County, Virginia)
Tunnel under Natural Tunnel on Norfolk Southern Railway
July 30, 2016: New video
Staten Island Ferry (Richmond County, New York)
Ferry across New York Harbor on pedestrian route
July 7, 2016: Added
NY5S Schoharie Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, New York)
Baltimore through truss bridge over Schoharie Creek on NY 5S
July 7, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Now permanently carries Highway NY 5S; renamed
Canalway Trail - Schoharie Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, New York)
Polygonal Warren through truss bridge over Schoharie Creek on Canalway Trail in Tribes Hill
July 7, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Now only open to pedestrians and bicycles
US 90 Overpass (Austin County, Texas)
Steel stringer bridge over TX 36 on US 90
July 7, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Severely damaged by collision with garbage truck
Crescent City Connection Bridge (Orleans Parish, Louisiana)
Cantilevered through truss bridge over the Mississippi River on eastbound Business US 90 in New Orleans
June 23, 2016: New photo
Huey P. Long Bridge (Baton Rouge) (East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana)
Cantilevered through truss bridge over the Mississippi River on US 190 and RR in Baton Rouge
June 23, 2016: New photos
Metra - 55th Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over East 55th Street on Metra/CN railroads
May 28, 2016: Added
Rockfield Bridge (San Bernardino County, California)
Baltimore variant through truss bridge over Mojave River on Nat Trails Hwy (old US 66)
May 26, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "US 66"
Abandoned BNSF - Salt Creek Bridge (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Baltimore through truss bridge over Salt Creek on Abandoned BNSF Railway
May 25, 2016: New photos
Abandoned BNSF - Salt Creek Bridge (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Baltimore through truss bridge over Salt Creek on Abandoned BNSF Railway
May 24, 2016: New photos
Haymarket Pedestrian Bridge (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Concrete stringer bridge over BNSF railroad yard on pedestrian walkway
May 24, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added bridge, with photo and street view
Haymarket Pedestrian Bridge (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Concrete stringer bridge over BNSF railroad yard on pedestrian walkway
May 24, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added, with photo and street view
Haymarket Pedestrian Bridge (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Concrete stringer bridge over BNSF railroad yard on pedestrian walkway
May 24, 2016: New Street View added
Haymarket Pedestrian Bridge (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Concrete stringer bridge over BNSF railroad yard on pedestrian walkway
May 24, 2016: Added

Recent Comments 

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.

Posted September 13, 2016

The bridge is open again after rehab. See the Daily Southtown article about the reopening in the links section for a description of the design flaw that hastened corrosion on this bridge. This design flaw was apparently corrected in the rehab. Nice to see the nearby Chatham Street bridge also being repaired.

Posted September 13, 2016
Posted July 7, 2016

Yet another perfectly good bridge damaged by a careless truck driver, killing a 12-year old child and injuring her mother who was driving. Apparently that trash hauling company has had a poor safety record.

Story at KPRC-TV of Houston http://www.click2houston.com/news/truck-company-in-bridge-ac...

WV bridge washout strands 500 in shopping center
Posted June 24, 2016

The bridge was not notable - until now when it was washed out in the WV flooding. It has trapped 500 people in a shopping center. At least they have access to food at the shopping center. The National Guard is trying to find a bailey bridge the right length to get them out. Watch national news for unfolding details.

http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Hundreds-trapped-in-shoppin...

Posted June 23, 2016

There's plenty of good photos of the top side of this bridge (especially thanks to Royce and Bobette Hailey!) but few underneath. So I hope to have done that on a recent visit.

It's a fascinating, gigantic bridge, on which Baton Rouge hopes to route more traffic after the current rehabilitation is complete, due to severe congestion on the I-10 bridge. Compared to I-10, the US 190 HPL bridge is relatively under-utilized. Route LA-1, which connects the west ends of both this bridge and the I-10 bridge, has been widened to 4 lanes. Airline Highway and LA-1 now form a complete loop around the north side of metro Baton Rouge, across this bridge, bypassing the congestion on I-10.

So this latest chapter in the history of the Baton Rouge HPL bridge parallels (again) the history of the New Orleans HPL bridge, which was recently rehabilitated to relieve traffic congestion on the other, newer, Mississippi River bridges.

Posted March 6, 2016

Apparently an element of IDOT's decision to replace this bridge, instead if fix it, was that the waterway underneath it is no longer considered navigable. It is closed even to small pleasure boats. Therefore the greater clearance over the water provided by a truss bridge was no longer necessary. So down it came, with a big ka-boom. The replacement bridge will be much lower, not to mention boring.

Posted March 2, 2016

Here's a bridge demolition that has widespread community support. This overpass has been considered somewhat of an eyesore and community divider, after nearby Riverview Amusement Park closed in 1967. Now it has deteriorated seriously, so it's also an example of the short life span of some modern bridge designs, in this case prestressed concrete box girder. It's a big bridge that carried heavy traffic, so the traffic disruption of the demolition project will be considerable. It will be replaced by a 5-way surface intersection controlled by traffic signals, along with room for wider sidewalks.

Posted February 8, 2016

This bridge was previously listed as abandoned, and left permanently in the raised position. However, Royce and Bobette Haley's photos taken in November 2015 show it in the down position, with construction workers on it. So something is going on here.