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Hayes Drive Bridge


Hayes Drive Bridge, north elevation

Photo taken by Roger Deschner in January 2018

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


BH Photo #417135

Street Views 


Closed-spandrel Melan concrete arch bridge over Jackson Park Lagoon on Hayes Drive in Chicago
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Open to traffic, zoned for load
Future prospects
Proposed Obama Presidential Center would shift very heavy traffic from Cornell Drive onto Hayes Drive over this bridge. It is already load zoned, so the new traffic load could hasten this otherwise-adequate bridge's demise.
Built 1902
Closed-spandrel Melan concrete arch, with pink granite ashlar facing
Length of largest span: 69.8 ft.
Total length: 180.0 ft.
Deck width: 49.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Middle Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.78028, -87.57806   (decimal degrees)
41°46'49" N, 87°34'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/451962/4625542 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Jackson Park
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
IL 016-6196 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15132 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 44.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Arch (12,653)
Built 1902 (583)
Built during 1900s (7,636)
Chicago, Illinois (331)
Cook County, Illinois (490)
Deck arch (11,890)
Have street view (28,900)
Illinois (4,929)
Melan arch (31)
NR-eligible (4,107)
Open (40,969)
Owned by city (6,082)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,420)
Total length 175-250 feet (4,476)

Update Log 

  • February 6, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 28, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 28, 2018: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added photos, this is a rare Melan arch



Hayes Drive Bridge
Posted February 3, 2022, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Might be doomed. Depends on the definition of "repair", which could mean replacement of the rare concrete Melan arch. It could be what was done with the nearby Animal Bridge, where the original stone facing was reinstalled on a new prefab superstructure. https://www.hpherald.com/news/local/hayes-drive-garfield-blv...