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Aulwurm Drive Bridge


View across bridge from north

Photo taken by Roger Deschner in August 2013

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


BH Photo #261760

Street View 


Four span Warren pony truss bridge, has distinctive rolled top chord, now bent out of shape. Closed to traffic some time ago, abandoned, and ravaged by thieves stealing metal members of the bridge itself, the southernmost span has collapsed. It is remarkable the rest of it has not collapsed yet, which would appear to be an imminent possibility.


Abandoned warren pony truss bridge over Little Calumet River on Aulwurm Drive
Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois
Future prospects
Rehabilitation for fishing, bicycle, and pedestrian use proposed in "Blue Island Active Transportation Plan". However, this derelict structure may collapse under its own weight or the weight of fallen snow before that plan can be funded.
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals
Also called
Blue Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.64956, -87.66795   (decimal degrees)
41°38'58" N, 87°40'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/444379/4611083 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Blue Island
Inventory number
BH 57456 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 19, 2021: New photos from James McCray
  • August 4, 2013: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Painted blue"



Aulwurm Drive Bridge - amazingly it is still there
Posted July 31, 2022, by Bing Owensq (bingowens [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Went for a visit today and yes the Aulwurm Drive Bridge is still there...great find...I can only hope someone will revive this bridge before snow or flooding knocks it down.

Aulwurm Drive Bridge
Posted November 9, 2018, by Lee Jones (asiwalkbyfaith [at] gmail [dot] com)

My friends and I used to drive over this bridge in the late 1970s. Even then, It would creak and bounce. They piled a load of rock there so you cant druve over it but you could walk part of it. Bad neighborhood now though.