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Jefferson Street Bridge


General View Of Bridge Looking South

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #146476


Street View 


Through truss bascule bridge over Des Plaines River on Eastbound US 30 in Joliet
Joliet, Will County, Illinois
Closed for long-term repairs
Future prospects
Reopening scheduled for October 2021 or later.
Built 1932-33 by the Mississippi Valley Structural Steel Co.; rehabilitated 1941 and 2021
- Mississippi Valley Structural Steel Co. of Decatur, Illinois
- Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Bascule Cantilevered through truss
Length of largest span: 166.0 ft.
Total length: 331.0 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.52495, -88.08606   (decimal degrees)
41°31'30" N, 88°05'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/409388/4597603 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IL 099-0166 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15746 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 28.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 21, 2021: New photos from Roger Deschner
  • March 20, 2021: Updated by Roger Deschner: Bridge closed for long-term repairs
  • December 6, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • May 8, 2014: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • September 15, 2009: Posted HAER photos
  • July 8, 2008: New photos from Kim Harvey
  • June 22, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added to Lincoln Highway category
  • April 1, 2005: Posted photos by David Backlin

Related Bridges 


  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Kim Harvey
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER IL-58 - DesPlaines River Bridge, Jefferson Street, Joliet, Will County, IL
  • Douglas Butler
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com


Jefferson Street Bridge
Posted March 22, 2021, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks correct. Thanks, Nathan!

Now we just have to worry that these bridges get fully repaired, reasonably quickly. Of the six bascule road bridges in Joliet, two are closed long-term for repair (Brandon Rd, Jefferson St), and two more are in poor condition (Cass St, Jackson St). The remaining two bridges (Ruby St, McDonough St) are in at least fair condition, but are congested by traffic detouring around the closed bridges. The only other river crossing is I-80, which is also in poor condition and is slated for replacement.

Jefferson Street Bridge
Posted March 22, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


I moved the photos, if you can double-check to make sure they are ok that would be appreciated!

Jefferson Street Bridge
Posted March 21, 2021, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

I visited Joliet last weekend, and I can confirm that pictures number 1-5 and possibly also # 9, are not of this bridge. They are of the upstream Jackson Street Bridge, and they should be moved there.

BTW These moveable bridges in Joliet IL are quite amazing.

Jefferson Street Bridge
Posted March 20, 2021, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Mayor of Joliet is getting annoyed that the time the Jefferson Street Bridge is closed for repairs, has been extended further. Now it will be closed for about 16 months.


Jefferson Street Bridge
Posted January 20, 2009, by Bob (bob3068 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The bridge in the photo is not the Jefferson st. Bridge. It's the Jackson St bridge. There are only 2 bridges that are 2 lanes in the city. The other is McDonough and the one in the photo is not that one because the traffic light is positioned farther east due to the widening of the river before the locks. Jefferson St. is a eastbound only, 3 lane bridge. This one is 2 was and about 5 blocks north.

Jefferson Street Bridge
Posted June 3, 2008, by Michael Limacher (m [dot] djmjlcst [at] comcast [dot] net)

This is the Jackson Street bridge in Joliet, Illinois. The McDonough Street bridge is a two lane bridge too but is painted blue and has overhead arches before entering the span - just like the Cass Street bridge, only that bridge is a three lane bridge. I was born and raised in Joliet. Go to the website for Historic Bridges of Michigan and Elsewhere and you'll see great pictures of all the bridges in Joliet! The URL is http://www.historicbridges.org/index.htm

Have a good day!


Jefferson Street Bridge
Posted June 13, 2006, by Steve Forbes (sandlforbes [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is actually the McDonough Street Bridge. The Jefferson Street Bridge is a 3 lane one way bridge. McDonough Street is a 2 way 2 lane bridge which carries US Routes 52 and 6 over the Des Plains River.

Jefferson Street Bridge
Posted May 6, 2006, by Joe (joethejedi [at] gmail [dot] com)

My Father, and his before him, worked for MVSS. Thank you for posting the plaque image. That's a great bit of nostalgia.