Edens Expressway and Champ Clark Bridge, Illinois
According to allcitycodes, the Edens Expressway is a highway in the US state of Illinois, in the metropolitan area of Chicago. The highway is part of Interstate 94 and connects the northern suburbs with Chicago. The highway is 24 kilometers long.
At Northbrook, the Edens Spur merges from the Tri-State Tollway into the Edens Expressway at the interchangewith the Skokie Highway, the US 41. The highway has 2×3 lanes and it directly crosses Dundee Road, also called SR-68, an important east-west connection. One then passes through an industrial zone along the Chicago and Skokie rivers. This is the area with the most affluent suburbs of Chicago, located on Lake Michigan. Then there are two less important exits, Tower Road and Willow Road. In the Wilmette suburb, the Skokie Boulevard (US 41) branches off to run parallel to the Edens Expressway. Immediately afterwards, the connection with Lake Avenue follows. One then reaches the somewhat larger suburb of Skokie, which mainly consists of smaller detached houses. There is a shopping mall at the junction with Old Orchard Road. The connection with Dempster Street is a cloverleaf. This is one of the most important connections to the Edens Expressway, as Dempster Street (SR-58) serves several suburbs and joins the major Northwest Highway, the US 14. The highway also has 2×3 lanes here, after which the connection with Touhy Avenue roughly follows the division between Chicago and the first northern suburbs. The connection with Peterson Avenue is again a cloverleaf, because it crosses the US 14, an important main road. There is then a connection with Foster Avenue, after which the Edens Expressway flows into the Kennedy Expressway. Here, I – 94 merges with I – 90 to downtown Chicago.
The Edens Expressway was the first freeway in Chicago and opened on December 20, 1951. The highway is named after William G. Edens, a banker and early proponent of paved roads. The Edens Expressway is quite old, as the last major works took place in the time frame 1978 – 1980. Since then, however, many new suburbs north of Chicago have been added, which means that the pressure on the highway is quite high.
The highway is quite busy with 2×3 lanes and between 125,600 and 173,300 vehicles, although extreme congestion such as on the Kennedy Expressway is fairly limited. However, one has to take into account daily traffic jams and it can easily take more than half an hour to drive down the 24 kilometer long highway.
Champ Clark Bridge
|Champ Clark Bridge|
|Total length||? meter|
|Main span||130 meters|
|Bridge deck height||? meter|
|Opening||1928 / 03-08-2019|
|Traffic intensity||3,900 mvt/day|
The Champ Clark Bridge is a girder bridge in the United States, located on the border of the states of Missouri and Illinois. The bridge spans the Mississippi River near Louisiana.
The Champ Clark Bridge is a steel girder bridge with a main span of 130 meters and a width of 12 meters. US 54 runs over the bridge. On the west side of the bridge is the town of Louisiana, Missouri. There are no places in the immediate vicinity of the bridge on the east side in Illinois. The bridge handles regional traffic and is of somewhat secondary importance, although there are no alternative connections in the vicinity, especially to the south. The bridge is toll-free.
The bridge was built in the second half of the 1920s and opened to traffic in 1928. The bridge was renovated in 1999 and 2005. The bridge has always been of regional importance. The bridge is named after James Beauchamp Clark (1850-1921), better known as Champ Clark, an important politician of the early 20th century. He lived in Bowling Green, Missouri, which is in Pike County, the same county where the bridge is located.
The original Champ Clark Bridge was a steel truss bridge with 5 main spans, the longest being 127 meters. The total bridge length is 697 meters. The bridge was only 6 meters wide.
Replacement in 2019
The original bridge increasingly required expensive repairs and has exceeded its intended lifespan. In particular, the bridge deck and the girders were in poor condition. The bridge was therefore replaced by a steel girder bridge between 2017 and 2019. The new bridge had a bridge deck twice as wide and was built south of the old bridge. The new bridge opened on August 3, 2019. The project was completed by the Missouri Department of Transportation and cost $60 million. On November 18, 2019, the old bridge was blown up.