I&M Canal

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The Illinois and Michigan Canal ran 96 miles (154 km) from the Bridgeport neighborhood in Chicago on the Chicago River to LaSalle-Peru, Illinois, on the Illinois River. It was finished in 1848 and it allowed boat transportation from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. The canal enabled navigation across the Chicago Portage and helped establish Chicago as the transportation hub of the United States, opening before railroads were laid in the area. Its function was largely replaced by the wider and shorter Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in 1900 and it ceased transportation operations in 1933.

Illinois and Michigan Canal Locks and Towpath, a collection of eight engineering structures and segments of the canal between Lockport and LaSalle-Peru, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964


BNSF - I&M Canal Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1935
Baltimore through truss bridge over I&M Canal on BNSF Railway in Joliet
Open

CB&Q - I&M Canal Swing Bridge (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Built 1895;
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over I&M Canal on Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
No longer exists

CBQ - Steamboat Basin Bridge (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Damaged and removed in 1979
Lost Pratt through truss bridge ove Steamboat Basin (I&M Canal) on Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
Lost

CN - I&M Canal Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Pony/through girder bridge over I&M Canal on EJ&E Ry
Open to traffic

CN - I&M Canal Bridge (Grundy County, Illinois)
Built 1910
Pony/through plate girder bridge over I&M Canal on EJ&E Ry (now CNRR)
Open to traffic

CO&P - I&M Canal Bridge (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Illinois & Michigan Canal & Railroad (RI) on Chicago, Ottawa & Peoria Railway
Removed but not replaced

CSX Spur - I&M Canal Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Original canal bridge possibly pre-1900
Old Railroad Swing bridge over I&M Canal on CSX RR Industial Spur
Seldom Used

CSX Spur - I&M Canal Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Timber stringer bridge over I&M Canal on CSX RR Industial Spur


Division Street Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1956
Slab bridge with reinforcement i-beams over I&M Canal on Division St in Lockport
Replaced by a new bridge

I & M Canal "Old" Five Mile Bridge (Grundy County, Illinois)
Lost Pony truss bridge over I & M Canal on former alignment of Old Stage Rd
All that remains are the abutments and footings

I & M Canal Bridge (Grundy County, Illinois)
Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over I and M Canal on an access to the I and M Canal Trail
Open to pedestrians

I & M Canal Price Street Bridge (Grundy County, Illinois)
Built 1971
Steel stringer bridge over I&M Canal on Price Street
Open to traffic, closed in winter

I&M Canal "Five Mile" Bridge (Grundy County, Illinois)
Built 1995
All Wood Closed-spandrel arch bridge over I&M Canal on Old Stage Rd
Open to traffic

I&M Canal Aux Sable Aqueduct (Grundy County, Illinois)
Built in 1847, Rebuilt in 1927
Bridge over Aux Sable Creek on I&M Canal
Open to foot, bike and canoe traffic

I&M Canal Fox River Aqueduct (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Rebuilt in 1903
I&M Canal aqueduct over Fox River
Open to Foot & Bike Traffic. Aqueduct is dry.

I&M Canal Little Vermillion Aqueduct (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Aqueduct over Little Vermillion River on I&M Canal
Open to foot, bike and canoe traffic

I&M Canal Nettle Creek Aqueduct (Grundy County, Illinois)
Built in 1847 Rebuilt a few times. Current looks like CCC work
Bridge over Nettle Creek on I&M Canal
Destroyed by flooding

I&M Canal Trail - I&M Canal Bridge (Channahon) (Grundy County, Illinois)
Abandoned road bridge, now used for foot & bike trail.
Pratt pony truss bridge over Canal on the I & M Canal Trail
Open to pedestrians

Morris Terminal Rail Bridge (Grundy County, Illinois)
Built 1905
Quadruple Intersection Warren Through Truss over Illinois and Michgan Canal on the I&M Canal Trail (former Rock Island Railroad)
Open to Pedestrians

RI - I&M Canal Bridge (Utica) (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Built 1900
Double-intersection Warren pony truss bridge over I & M Canal on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
Intact but closed to all traffic

RI - I&M Canal Swing Bridge (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Swing Bridge built in 1887 to move rail cars across I&M Canal
Pony Plate Girder Swing bridge over I&M Canal on abandoned railroad in Marseilles
Derelict/abandoned

Terry Drive Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over I&M Canal on Terry Drive
Open to traffic

US51 I&M Canal Bridge (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Built ca. 1925; Removed in the 80s
Lost Bridge over I&M Canal on US 51
Removed but not replaced