Indiana Avenue Bridge over the Little Calumet River

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Indiana Avenue Traffic Bridge

The Indiana Avenue Bridge is a traffic bridge over the Little Calumet River in Chicago.  It is also known as the Little Calumet River Bridge.  It is 12.4 miles from the entrance of the Calumet Harbor.  It is located between the Western Indiana Railroad Bridge and the Illinois Central Bridge.

It was built in 1977.It is a polygonal through Truss bridge. It has one main span and two approach spans.  The main span is 264 feet long.  The structure length is 334 feet.  The roadway width is 48 feet.  The bridge is open.

The history of this bridge site is interesting.  Originally there was a ferry that crossed the river.  This was started  in 1838 by George Dolton.  The first bridge was a toll bridge dating to 1842. This was replaced by a pivoting bridge around 1900.    This was replaced by swing bridge with vertical end posts and double intersections in the 1960’s.

Rating of the bridge as of 10/2011:  Deck Condition 4 out of 9  Poor;  Superstructure Condition: 4 out of 9  Poor;  Substructure Condition: 6 out of 9 Satisfactory.  Overall rating Structurally deficient.

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Indiana Avenue Traffic Bridge

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