2013 Top 10 Bridges - No. 6

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Project: Red Gate Road Bridge

Location: St. Charles, Ill.

Cost: $30 million

Length: 1,140 ft

Designer: Alfred Benesch & Co.

Contractor: James McHugh Construction Co.

Owner: City of St. Charles, Ill.


Red Gate Road Bridge proved to be a gateway to St. Charles, Ill., for thousands of vehicles a day and a life saver for the congestion-choked downtown. The eight-span bridge features a cable-stayed pedestrian bridge beneath the roadway. Using the same piers to support both structures brought a signature element to the bridge and allowed for more efficient construction with less material. Cantilever lookouts at mid-span of the trail bridge give users the feeling of floating above the water with unobstructed views over the Fox River.

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