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BNSF - Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Bridge (Lemont)


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Swing through truss bridge over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal on BNSF Railway
Lemont, Cook County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1898
- Keystone Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 393.5 ft.
Total length: 398.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.67918, -88.00000   (decimal degrees)
41°40'45" N, 87°59'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/416767/4614640 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sag Bridge
Inventory number
BH 41910 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 6, 2021: New photos from Roger Deschner
  • July 16, 2018: New photos from John Marvig
  • February 6, 2014: New photo from Tom Phelan
  • April 30, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Merged some info from Nathan's site.
  • February 6, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • February 5, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Added category "Skewed"
  • March 29, 2009: Added by Kim Harvey



BNSF - Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Bridge (Lemont)
Posted April 14, 2022, by Steve P Williams (m22tanker [at] protonmail [dot] com)

The swing bridge in Romeoville has a structure on top for the operator. Don't see one on this bridge. Who operated it?

BNSF - Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Bridge (Lemont)
Posted February 20, 2022, by Patrick Hynes (hynesight2020 [dot] mb [at] gmail [dot] com)

The August 6, 1942 edition of "The Lemont Herald" has an interesting article titled "MOVING BRIDGES TO PERMIT NAVY CANAL SHIPPING" "Local Bridges Being Put Into Shape to Air War Movement Here"

Here are some excerpts from the article:

Conversion of eight bridges between the mouth of the Chicago river and Lockport into moveable spans to permit the movement of larger boats down the Illinois waterway, is now under way between Lemont and Chicago, according to Lieut. Comm. H.L. Mathews, officer in charge of the project for the U.S. navy.

The Stephens street highway bridge across the stream in Lemont, has been equipped during the past two weeks so that it may now be turned and a large crew of workmen is engaged upon the Santa Fe railroad bridge in Lemont, installing turntables and motors to equip that bridge for turning.

All of the Lockport and Romeo bridges are already moveable for boat passage and the completion of the work on the Santa Fe railroad bridge will leave only the upper waters of the canal to the Chicago river to be converted into movable structures. It is expected that the Santa Fe conversion will require some three to four months' work.

BNSF - Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Bridge (Lamont)
Posted June 26, 2018, by Dave Moorman (dmoorman4 [at] comcast [dot] net)

This should be Lemont.