This magnificent climax to the Centennial Trail system that has been created in the area is a structure that was once common in the area 100 years ago but is today distinguished as the last highway swing bridge remaining from the Sanitary and Ship Canal. A few railroad swing bridges do remain however. This bridge is unusual as swing bridges go not only for its length, but also for its bobtail (asymmetrical) design. This bridge was closed to traffic in 1990, and eventually replaced by a modern bridge. View the archived National Bridge Inventory file for information about this bridge in its previous location. This historic bridge was relocated here to this nearby location in 1996. In addition to its significance as a rare surviving highway bridge, the bridge is also significant for its Warren truss configuration, which is rare among pin-connected truss bridges. This bridge is visually beautiful, and it owes much of this beauty to the extensive network of lattice and v-lacing on its built-up members, chords, and portal bracing designs. There is a lot to look at on this bridge! It is a must-see attraction of any Chicagoland visit.
A report by the canal's chief engineer, Isham Randolph provided information about the bridge as originally constructed. Heldmaier and Neu were the substructure contractors, with C. L. Strobel the superstructure contractor. Original roadway was 20 feet. Total weight of iron and steel in the bridge was 339,505 pounds, with a 208,100 pound counterweight.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Reused
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