Saturday, July 6, 2019

UP/C&NW Underpasses north of Proviso Yard

Capture of a "before" Satellite image

I made two trips to catch a MLC300 doing HVAC work at a Microsoft server farm building in Spring, 2019: first, second. Each time I noticed that the lanes were reduced on North Avenue under the UP/C&NW tracks that are north of their Proviso Yard. Also, there were cranes north and south of North Avenue by the bridges.

I also noticed that on the west side bridge they still had a C&NW logo on it over the south lanes.

When I visited Proviso Yard in the Summer to get a photo of #1111, there was no construction activity. But I did stop to get a photo of the old logo.
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While I had stopped at a Shell truck stop during my first trip, I noticed that there was a crane over by the tracks.
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During my second trip, since it appeared that the west side was not parking or pedestrian friendly, I tried the east side. I parked on a side street, and it looked like it was pedestrian friendly since it had a sidewalk.
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But my hopes were soon dashed.

I did notice the old bridge piers that were peaking out from under the new bridge. So I zoomed in for that photo and left since I could not get any closer to the crane action.

I discovered that Street View went along North while they were doing construction in Nov, 2018. So I'll use their photos.

The old bridge with the C&NW logo is definitely in use because we again see a train on it. In fact, that looks like a coal train. The reporting marks are WEPX. Looking that up in a reference:
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I went back to my photos folder and looked at my overview shots of the bridge. I also caught a coal train on that track. The reporting marks are WPSX.

Continuing my Street View ride under the old west bridge, I see the old east bridge and the two cranes.
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From under the old east bridge, I see they are building the rebar and forms to pour the cap for the middle pier. They have already built a new bridge on the east side. And they have brought in a hydro crane to temporarily help the two crawler cranes.
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On the east side looking North.
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On the east side looking South. Many highway bridges have switched from steel girders to concrete girders. But I notice that railroad bridges still use steel girders.
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I also noticed in the street views that there was a man walking along the sidewalk on the south side. I may do another trip to look at those bridges.

On my trip to Proviso Yard, I took a couple of photos of the Lake Street underpass as I waited for the traffic to clear. This was the one place on the trip that I encountered traffic on a Sunday evening.

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