Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad Bridge over the Calumet River System

     This is a vertical lift railroad bridge over the Calumet River System.  It is 6.8 miles from the entrance of the Calumet Harbor. It lies between the 106th Street Traffic Bridge and the Torrence Avenue traffic Bridge. 

     This is a tower driven vertical lift bridge. Spans are suspended between 210 feet towers. Towers are supported by concrete piers.    Lift is 125 feet. Span is raised and lowered by an elaborate system of cables and pulleys.  It was built and fabricated by the American Bridge Company and Corbett Construction Company. Bridge is no longer operation also. It was built in 1967-8. Architect was James Peterson. 

     Prior bridge at this site was an early Strauss bascule type.  It was a single leaf truss.  It was built in 1910.

Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad Bridge

Chicago and Western Avenue Railroad Bridge


     The Chicago and Western Indiana Rail Bridge is the elevated span.  The Torrence Avenue traffic bridge is the lower span.

 

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