Thursday, September 28, 2017

Grand Avenue (Indiana Street) Bridge

(Old Bridge HunterBridge Hunter, HAER IL-139Historic Bridges3D Satellite including the approach on the west side)

Xavier Quintana posted
August 1975: cyclists are among the last to cross the Grand Avenue bridge before wrecking crews began dismantling the deteriorating structure. It was closed for almost 2 years while the old span was torn down and a new 4-lane concrete and steel bridge was constructed. Photo by Quentin Dodt (Vintage Tribune)
Patrick McBriartyGroup Admin This bridge was at the western approach and viaduct over the railroad tracks to the 1914 bascule bridge crossing the North Branch of the Chicago River.
Dennis DeBruler commented on Xavier's posting
A 1938 aerial view shows the tracks the viaduct was crossing.
The tracks were part of the Erie Street and Grand Avenue Yard.

As Historic Bridges points out, the swing bridge was replaced by a wider bascule bridge in 1915, but a wider viaduct to feed the bridge was not built until 50 years later. By the 1970s, the rail yards in the city that supported industries and passenger car service during the horse and buggy days were disappearing.

From Historic Bridges
Xavier Quintana posted
A 1958 view of Wolf Point with the Lake Street elevated train and bridge in foreground. Kinzie Street bridge is in the middle of the frame. (Vintage Tribune)
[Grand was the first viaduct over the C&NW YardsErie was the second viaduct.]
William Russ comented on a posting
 Grand Avenue bridge


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