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Madison Street Bridge


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


BH Photo #164777

Street View 


Bascule bridge over South Branch Chicago River on Madison Street in Chicago
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1922; rehabilitated 1994
- Chicago Surface Lines (CSL)
- Streetcar
Twin-leaf bascule
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
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
IL 016-6034 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15150 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 71.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

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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