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Columbus Drive Bridge


General View Of Bridge, Looking Northeast; The Bridge In The Distance Is The Outer Road Bridge

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #118215


Street Views 


Bascule bridge over Main Branch Chicago River on Columbus Drive in Chicago
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1982
- Envirodyne Engineers Inc. of Delaware (Design)
- Henry Ecale (Chief Bridge Engineer)
- R.J. Bronson (Chief Construction Engineer)
Length of largest span: 269.0 ft.
Total length: 389.0 ft.
Deck width: 89.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.88853, -87.62041   (decimal degrees)
41°53'19" N, 87°37'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/448529/4637586 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chicago Loop OE E
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
IL 016-6101 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15114 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 80 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 3, 2020: New photos from Tyler
  • February 15, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 30, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 25, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Builders
  • January 3, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 22, 2013: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • September 30, 2012: New photo from Steve Conro
  • May 17, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • April 13, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn


  • HAER IL-136 - Chicago River Bascule Bridge, Columbus Avenue, Spanning Chicago River at Columbus Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, IL
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Tyler