Kedzie Avenue Bridge over the Sanitary and Ship Canal

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Kedzie Avenue Bridge

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Kedzie Avenue Bridge

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Kedzie Avenue Bridge Bridge facing West

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Kedzie Avenue Bridge facing East.

The first verified bridge  in this area was built in 1879 and was a fixed iron bridge.  The next bridge was built in 1909 and was a through truss center pier swing bridge.   The current bridge was built in 1970.  During construction, a temporary bridge was in place to allow for traffic flow in this location.    The  current bridge  is a riveted through plate girder.  This is a fixed bridge.  The main span length is 148.6 feet.  The structure length is 350 feet.   Roadway width is 48 feet.  There are four main spans.

Inspection report as of 10/2011 rates the deck as 3 out of 9 -serious; superstructure 5 out of 9–fair.  Substructure is rated 5 out of 9–fair.   Overall appraisal is structurally deficient.

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