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West Division Street Bascule Bridge



View Looking At Western Pier Showing Deck Superstructure: From Se River Pier

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress


Street View 


Bascule bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Division Street in Chicago
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1904; rehabilitated 1992
- Fitzsimons & Connell Dredge & Dock Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- John E. Ericson
- Roemheld & Gallery Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Thomas G. Pihlfeldt
Bascule Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 172.9 ft.
Total length: 259.9 ft.
Deck width: 39.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Charles Levy Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.90361, -87.65722   (decimal degrees)
41°54'13" N, 87°39'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/445488/4639283 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chicago Loop
Inventory numbers
IL 016-6016 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15121 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2011)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 73.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)

Update Log 

  • February 4, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • December 16, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 29, 2014: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added alternate name of bridge
  • May 31, 2014: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added photos; corrected Illinois bridge number; the two Division St bridges had been exchanged
  • October 8, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.

Related Bridges 


  • HAER IL-148 - West Division Street Bridge, Spanning North Branch of Chicago River at West Division Street, Chicago, Cook County, IL
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Douglas Butler
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com


West Division Street Bridge
Posted May 31, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

The Roger Deschner photos are really good.