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CSX - Joliet Lift Bridge


Joliet Railroad Lift Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in July 2011


BH Photo #206258


Street View 


Through truss lift bridge over Des Plaines River on CSX
Joliet, Will County, Illinois
Open to rail traffic
Built 1932 by the American Bridge Company
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Ketler-Elliot Erection Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
Subdivided Warren through truss lift bridge with two Baltimore through truss approach spans
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:
Inventory number
BH 41870 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 3, 2020: New photos from Vincent Johnson
  • 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



CSX - Joliet Lift Bridge - photos from the 1990s
Posted December 21, 2018, by Vincent Johnson (vincent [at] lostamericana [dot] com)

I did a photo documentary on the bridge back around 1995-1996 and you can see some of the photos under the "That Bridge" category on my photo blog. http://visualpreservationist.com/category/that-bridge/

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.