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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

BH Photo #118317


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
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
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 

  • 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.