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Adams Street Bridge



General View Of Bridge And Bridge Tenders' Houses From The Southeast Looking Northwest

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress


Street Views 


Adams became the westbound alignment of Route 66 when Jackson was made one-way eastbound in 1955, making the Adams and Jackson bridges a one-way couplet for US 66. This bridge also carries very heavy pedestrian traffic between commuter trains at Union Station and offices in the Chicago Loop.


Bascule bridge over South Branch Chicago River on Adams Street (former westbound US 66) in Chicago
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1927; rehabilitated 1996 and 2017
- Fitzsimons & Connell Dredge & Dock Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Strobel Steel Construction Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Bascule Pratt deck truss
Length of largest span: 199.1 ft.
Total length: 249.9 ft.
Deck width: 38.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.87944, -87.63694   (decimal degrees)
41°52'46" N, 87°38'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/447150/4636587 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chicago Loop
Inventory numbers
IL 016-6001 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15097 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2011)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 45.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)

Update Log 

  • March 12, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Rehabilitation complete; bridge reopened to all traffic
  • January 26, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Closed for reconstruction for 13 months
  • December 12, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 3, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 22, 2013: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • August 29, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 7, 2012: New photos from Mike Fahrenbacher
  • September 30, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Added category "US 66"
  • May 12, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning

Related Bridges 


  • HAER IL-51 - Chicago River Bridge, West Adams Street, Chicago, Cook County, IL
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Fahrenbacher
  • Douglas Butler
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com
  • CDOT: Adams Street Bridge Closing For Major Reconstruction - Official City of Chicago project website