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Jackson Street Bridge

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Jackson Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 12, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Jackson Street (Bridge Street) Over Des Plaines River
Location
Joliet: Will County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Rolling Lift) and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1933 By Builder/Contractor: Mississippi Valley Structural Steel Company and Engineer/Design: Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company of Chicago, Illinois

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1985
Main Span Length
166 Feet (50.6 Meters)
Structure Length
284 Feet (86.56 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
99023925143

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This bridge is one of four rare Scherzer rolling lift bascule bridges in Joliet. For an overview of Joliet's rolling lift bridges, see the Jefferson Street Bridge page.

Two of the four Scherzer rolling lift bridges in Joliet have two lanes and are narrower than the other two which carry three lanes. The appearance of these bridges are much different because of the narrower design. They have the illusion of looking taller, and the feeling of passing through a tunnel is more pronounced when you drive across this bridge. Oddly, both of these two-lane bridges feature builder plaques crediting the Mississippi Valley Structural Steel Company with building the bridge. The three-lane bridges have no builder plaque.

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