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CWI - Calumet River Bridge


C&WI is the lowered bridge in the foreground

Photo taken by Steve Conro in September 2012


BH Photo #240020


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The Chicago & Western Indiana (CWI) Railroad Bridge is an outstanding example of a “tower-driven” vertical-lift bridge, characterized by its operating machinery mounted upon the two towers of the bridge that contain the counterweights. ...the bridge is based on the patents developed in the early 20th century by the Kansas City-based firm of Waddell and Harrington, yet is the modern counterpart to the firm’s popular “span-driven” bridges built between 1912 and 1915 in Chicago.

-Commission on Chicago Landmarks, Historic Chicago Railroad Bridges report

When the adjacent Torrence Avenue Bridge was closed for rehabilitation in 2012, this bridge was rehabilitated for temporary use as a two-lane road bridge. Current google satellite imagery still shows roadways in this 2012 configuration.


Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Calumet River on abandoned Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Closed to all traffic
Built 1967-1968 to replace earlier Strauss-type bridge; temporarily used for road traffic 2012; currently disused, stored in raised position
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Corbett Construction Co. of Louisville, Kentucky
- Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad (CWI)
Warren through truss with all verticals
Total length: 282.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.66945, -87.55872   (decimal degrees)
41°40'10" N, 87°33'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/453489/4613227 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lake Calumet
Inventory number
BH 50922 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 18, 2018: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add 2012 rehab and temporary use as a road bridge
  • September 25, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro
  • August 13, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad", "Railroad", "Navigable waterway"
  • January 12, 2012: Added by Frank Hicks

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Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad Bridge
Posted September 25, 2012, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Although this abandoned rail bridge is normally stored in the raised position. It appears like they're currently using it as a bypass for the Torrence Ave automobile bridge which is under going some sort of maintenance.