This was an AISC Prize Bridge in 1978.
Note: This modern bridge is not historic. This page is provided for reasons of comparison and continuity of downtown Chicago listings only.
HistoricBridges.org has a strict policy to not include any bridge newer than 1970, however a rare exception was made with two bridges in the downtown Loop area of Chicago so that those planning a tour of the Loop bridges can get information on all Loop bridges from HistoricBridges.org and also not be confused by gaps in the tour. A similar exception was made with the Loomis Street Bridge. Together these three bridges are the only highway bascule bridges in Chicago that are newer than 1970.
This bridge was built in 1974. The first documented bridge at this location was a 200 foot long 30 foot wide hand-turned iron swing bridge built in 1889 by Shailer and Schniglau. The next bridge at the location (and the one prior to the existing bridge) was a 1904 Scherzer rolling lift bascule bridge built by Jackson and Corbett Company and 267.5 feet long.
Main PlaqueLOOMIS STREET BRIDGE
CITY OF CHICAGO
RICHARD J. DALEY
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS
BUREAU OF CONSTRUCTION
JEROME R. BUTLER, JR.
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