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Compared to the tall towers of the vertical lift bridges on the Calumet River in neighboring Chicago, this vertical lift bridge's short towers indicate that no Great Lake freighters come this far inland, and that the lift bridge only needs to lift high enough to allow the barges that use this canal to pass through.
This bridge features a Baltimore through truss approach span at each end of the bridge. The movable part of the bridge utilizes the Pennsylvania truss configuration. Connections on the bridge are riveted.
This bridge's steel was fabricated by the nationally prolific American Bridge Company and erected by the Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago which was a prolific builder in the Chicagoland area.
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