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B&OCT - Independence Boulevard Bridge

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Independence Boulevard Bridge

Photo taken from Railroad Track & Structures October 1912

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Description 

Nine span plate girder bridge with concrete ornamentation crossing Independence Blvd on the B&OCT. Largest spans (over roadways) are 35', with the other spans ranging from 25' to 31'.

Per the linked article, "the steel work was designed by the bridge department of the B. & O. Ry., W.S. Bouton bridge engineer F.L. Stuart chief engineer and fabricated by the Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. The general design of portals and ornamentation was executed by Mr F.E. Lockwood, architect, Chicago Ill. for the B. & O. R.R. The details of concrete portals were completed by the company under the direction of L.G. Curtis, district engineer, Chicago. The concrete work was carried out by company forces under the direction of Peter Olson, concrete foreman."

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Overview
Pony/through plate girder bridge over S Independence Boulevard on Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal (CSX) Railroad
Location
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1912
Builders
- F.E. Lockwood (architect, concrete portals)
- Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania & Woodlawn, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad (BOCT)
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (BO)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
Design
Pony plate girder with concrete ornamentation
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 35.0 ft.
Total length: 250.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.86859, -87.71986   (decimal degrees)
41°52'07" N, 87°43'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/440260/4635436 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 91320 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 14, 2021: New photos from Dave King
  • November 30, 2020: New Street View added by Ian Martin

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