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I-88 Fox River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Steve Conro in December 2011

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BH Photo #221436

Map 

Description 

NBI shows 1958 build date for the original open spandrel bridge. It was replaced 2008-2010 with a design evoking the original arches. Original 1958 piers reused in 2010 for new westbound span.

Facts 

Overview
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Fox River, Grant St, IL25, BNSF Spur on Interstate-88
Location
North Aurora, Kane County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built in 1958 , replaced in 2008
Design
Pair of open-spandrel arch bridges
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 178.5 ft.
Total length: 1,338.6 ft.
Deck width: 71.5 ft.
Also called
Regan Memorial Hwy Fox River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.79626, -88.31997   (decimal degrees)
41°47'47" N, 88°19'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/390334/4627997 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Aurora North
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
79,600
Inventory numbers
IL 045-9938 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 50445 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2012)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 61 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 7, 2013: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added photos
  • June 19, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Updated history based on NBI info and state website.
  • December 6, 2011: Added by Steve Conro

Sources 

  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

I-88 Fox River Bridge
Posted October 25, 2020, by Tyler

This page is for the old bridge but most of the photos are of the replacement bridge. This should be split to two pages

I-88 Fox River Bridge
Posted June 19, 2012, by Anonymous

The description for this bridge is incorrect- this bridge was built in 2008, replacing an existing 1958 open spandrel concrete arch:

http://www.aspirebridge.org/pdfs/magazine/issue_11/fox_river...

The arches were cast on their sides in pieces and moved to the job site with trucks.

This is a pretty cool project - according to the article, the total cost to use an open spandrel arch instead of a concrete beam design was less than $3 million on a $44 million project - that's only a 6.8% increase for a bridge with a good looking modernist design that will be considered an attractive historic bridge in the future. I wish there were more examples of architectural design like this in all new bridges.

There are pictures of both the old and new bridges on this page: http://www.illinoistollway.com/news-room/photos-graphics/roa...