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West Division Street Bascule Bridge

Photos 

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

BH Photo #118317

Map 

Street View 

    Facts 

    Overview
    Bascule bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Division Street in Chicago
    Location
    Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
    Status
    Open to traffic
    History
    Built 1904; rehabilitated 1992
    Builders
    - Fitzsimons & Connell Dredge & Dock Co. of Chicago, Illinois
    - John E. Ericson
    - Roemheld & Gallery Co. of Chicago, Illinois
    - Thomas G. Pihlfeldt
    Design
    Bascule Pratt through truss
    Dimensions
    Length of largest span: 172.9 ft.
    Total length: 259.9 ft.
    Deck width: 39.0 ft.
    Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
    Recognition
    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
    Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
    15,900
    Inventory numbers
    IL 016-6016 (Illinois bridge number)
    BH 15121 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
    Inspection report (as of October 2016)
    Overall condition: Fair
    Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
    Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
    Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
    Sufficiency rating: 7 (out of 100)
    View more at BridgeReports.com

    Update Log 

    • August 14, 2018: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Doomed"
    • 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 

    Sources 

    • 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

    Comments 

    West Division Street Bascule Bridge
    Posted August 14, 2018, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

    Now doomed, though there is a proposal to relocate it to Blackhawk Street. One more step on the city's plan to demolish all historic bascule bridges on the North Branch of the Chicago River.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-biz-bridge-goose-islan...

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

    The Roger Deschner photos are really good.