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Ogden Avenue Viaduct


Ogden Avenue Bridge

Chicago River Bridges ( Patrick T Mc Briarty)

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in November 2014

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)


BH Photo #445893



Ambitious, costly, half-mile long viaduct running roughly from Chicago Avenue to Clybourn Avenue, incorporated two bascule bridges across both branches of the North Branch Chicago River, and approach viaducts over Goose Island, Halsted Street, and Division Street. The bascule bridges were of the double-leaf fixed trunion design typical in Chicago at the time. Originally signed as US 32, later US 34, then no numbered highway at all after US 34 was rerouted into the Chicago Loop. Construction of freeways in the 1960s had taken away most of Ogden Viaduct's traffic, so when concrete chunks began falling from it onto Halsted Street on March 24, 1992, it was closed completely and demolished. Today Ogden Avenue remains, running southwestward from its 1992 truncation at Chicago Avenue, still carrying the US 34 designation starting at Harlem Avenue in Berwyn.

Good photos in links below, including art-deco bas-relief artistic detailing.


Lost viaduct over Chicago River North Branch and city streets on Ogden Avenue
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
No longer exists
Built 1932; closed to traffic March 24, 1992; demolished 1993
- Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Illinois
Two fixed trunion bascule deck truss bridges (typical Chicago design) over North Branch Canal and North Branch Chicago River, with deck girder approach spans, forming a long viaduct.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.90188, -87.64793   (decimal degrees)
41°54'07" N, 87°38'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/446257/4639085 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chicago Loop
Inventory number
BH 64178 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 6, 2021: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 29, 2019: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 20, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add description, US route numbers, correct bridge type
  • March 7, 2016: Updated by Luke: Corrected builder
  • March 7, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 1, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 20, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler


  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke
  • Flickr - Image
  • Forgotten Chicago - Imagery + Info
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Flickr - Ogden Ave Viaduct and Goose Island, 60 items