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CSX - Joliet Lift Bridge

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Joliet Railroad Lift Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in July 2011

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BH Photo #206258

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Overview
Through truss lift bridge over Des Plaines River on CSX
Location
Joliet, Will County, Illinois
Status
Open to rail traffic
History
Built 1932 by the American Bridge Company
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Ketler-Elliot Erection Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
Design
Subdivided Warren through truss lift bridge with two Baltimore through truss approach spans
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 302.0 ft.
Total length: 552.0 ft.
Deck width: 32.0 ft.
Also called
RI - Joliet Lift Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.52117, -88.08756   (decimal degrees)
41°31'16" N, 88°05'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/409257/4597185 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Joliet
Inventory number
BH 41870 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 14, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 15, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • July 30, 2011: New photos from C Hanchey
  • February 5, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added gps
  • March 25, 2009: Added by Kim Harvey

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Joliet Railroad Lift Bridge
Posted November 11, 2009, by Gary S (jaidite [at] aol [dot] com)

Just did a quick double check on Google maps and through the street view feature was able to verify that this is the south lift bridge in Joliet and am also happy to say it's still in use.

That is the old Chicago Rock Island & Pacific bridge and although the Rock Island went belly up in 1980 the bridge is still in use by CSX that owns the line to Lasalle Il (IIRC) and is also used by Iowa Interstate.

It has been reduced from double track to single track but so has most of the former Rock Island west of Joliet.