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Brandon Road Draw Bridge



Photo taken Sept. 2005 by Bill Burmaster

BH Photo #102642


Street View 


Bascule bridge Brandon Road Lock channel on Des Plaines river just south of Joliet
Joliet, Will County, Illinois
Closed for long-term repairs
Future prospects
Uncertain whether it will be repaired, replaced, or simply lost
Built 1932; rehabilitated 1949; closed for long-term repairs 2020
Bascule Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 150.9 ft.
Total length: 198.1 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.50240, -88.10457   (decimal degrees)
41°30'09" N, 88°06'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/407811/4595119 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
IL 099-9903 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15734 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 61.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 31, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 29, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 6, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Bridge closed for long-term repairs of center lock mechanism
  • August 30, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 7, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro
  • December 18, 2006: Posted photos from Bill Burmaster


  • Bill Burmaster
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Brandon Road Draw Bridge
Posted September 23, 2020, by Tyler

It appears from the pictures that the bascule leaves were replaced some time in the past. I would expect a 1930s bridge to have riveted girders rather than welded ones

Brandon Road Draw Bridge
Posted January 6, 2020, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

News reports say that this 1932 bascule bridge is now closed for long-term repairs to the center lock mechanism, which holds the two leaves together while the bridge is closed to boats and open to road traffic. IDOT has plans to completely replace the center lock, which will take a while. However some unconfirmed reports say that the bridge has now been closed permanently.

The center lock on this bridge had failed repeatedly since 2016, most recently in November 2019. The Des Plaines River carries heavy boat traffic at this point, so it is critical that its draw bridges be able to open efficiently.

Chicago area traffic reports recommend using the I-80 bridge as a detour.


Brandon Road Bridge
Posted February 1, 2007, by Anonymous

I grew up in Lockport near there. I believe that bridge is just down stream of the lock and dam with a good view of it when crossing. Nice to see another Joliet area bridge added to the site. Great site, by the way. I go to another site called airliners.net and the people who frequent that board have made it an extremely popular web site. I have that feeling about this site also.