This is the swing bridge visible northeast of Kedzie Avenue, and is one of three impressive and rare swing bridges remaining on the Sanitary and Ship Canal, which are among the oldest and most historic in the history-rich Cook County bridge inventory.
This swing bridge is the longest of the swing bridges on this canal, and has a slightly pointier peak at the center of the span compared to the other swing bridges, which makes it look taller. It was reportedly the longest swing span ever built when completed. The McArthur Brothers and Winston and Company were the substructure contractors, while the Toledo Bridge Company was the superstructure contractor. Total cost was $110,644.85. The weight of the iron and steel in the bridge when completed was 2,511,140 pounds.
Thanks to Tom Winkle for providing boat transportation to assist in the photo-documentation of this historic bridge.
Information and Findings From Chicago Landmarks Designation
Address: North of the Stevenson Expressway, East of
Kedzie Ave. (Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal)
This Bridge Is A Designated Chicago Landmark
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