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Ewing Avenue Bridge


Photo taken by Steve Conro in September 2012


BH Photo #239858


Street Views 


Ewing Avenue Drawbridge Opens for a Sailboat

The drawbridge over the Calumet River on Ewing Avenue (US 41) in Chicago is raised to allow a sailboat to pass underneath, and then lowered. The bridge had just returned to service after an extensive rehabilitation - note its very fresh coat of paint.

Video posted by Roger Deschner, October 2013

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Bascule bridge over Calumet River on Ewing Avenue (US 41) in Chicago
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1914; rehabilitated 1992 and 2013
- Byrne Brothers Dredging & Engineering Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- City of Chicago
- Ketler-Elliot Erection Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Double-leaf Bascule
Length of largest span: 228.0 ft.
Total length: 337.8 ft.
Deck width: 36.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
92nd Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.72751, -87.54150   (decimal degrees)
41°43'39" N, 87°32'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/454963/4619664 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lake Calumet
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
IL 016-6037 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15124 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 58.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 20, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 29, 2013: New video from Roger Deschner
  • October 28, 2013: Updated by Roger Deschner: Fix coordinates; add builders
  • October 8, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • September 23, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro



Ewing Avenue Bridge
Posted October 20, 2017, by Andre Kristopans (andrethebusman99 [at] msn [dot] com)

This is at least 3rd long-term closure for "repairs" in the last two years. Must have some sort of structural problems that are defying repairs. This is the most-operated lift bridge in Chicago area after all.

Ewing Avenue Bridge
Posted September 18, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Closed for repairs until October 31, 2017. Traffic rerouted to 95th Street Bridge on a poorly-marked detour.