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Madison Street Bridge

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South Face

The Madison Street Bridge is also known as the Lyric Opera Bridge. The Lyric Opera Company performs at the Civic Opera House, which is on the river, occupying the block between Madison and Washington Streets with the front facing on Wacker Drive.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in May 2010

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BH Photo #164777

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Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Bascule bridge over South Branch Chicago River on Madison Street in Chicago
Location
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1922; rehabilitated 1994
Railroads
- Chicago Surface Lines (CSL)
- Streetcar
Design
Twin-leaf bascule
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 221.0 ft.
Total length: 283.0 ft.
Deck width: 38.0 ft.
Also called
Lyric Opera Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.88185, -87.63836   (decimal degrees)
41°52'55" N, 87°38'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/447034/4636855 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chicago Loop
Inventory numbers
IL 016-6034 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15150 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2011)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 76.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
11,000

Update Log 

  • January 21, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • October 8, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • September 30, 2012: New photo from Steve Conro
  • May 10, 2010: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Alternate Name - Lyric Opera Bridge
  • January 22, 2010: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates

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Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com