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North Halsted Street Bridge (Old)


Looking Ne Toward Cabrini Green Housing Project, North Halsted Street At Right, West Division Street At Left; Goose Island At Bottom Of Frame

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #118277


Bascule bridge over North Branch Chicago River Canal on N. Halsted Street in Chicago
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Demolished and replaced
Built 1909
- Alexander von Babo
- Fitzsimons & Connell Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Jules E. Roemheld
- Thomas G. Pihlfeldt
- Toledo-Massillon Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
- Chicago Surface Lines (CSL)
- Streetcar
Bascule Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 206.0 ft.
Total length: 301.7 ft.
Deck width: 36.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.90222, -87.64778   (decimal degrees)
41°54'08" N, 87°38'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/446270/4639122 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chicago Loop
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
IL 016-6022 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15155 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2007)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 25.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 31, 2014: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Goose Island, Chicago"
  • April 6, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished.
  • November 22, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated demolition date.
  • October 7, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.


  • HAER IL-160 - North Halsted Street Canal Bridge, Spanning North Branch Canal at North Halsted Street, Chicago, Cook County, IL
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