Rating:
3 votes

Ruby Street Bridge

Photos 

Facing east

Photo taken July 2004 by David Backlin

BH Photo #102662

Map 

Street View 

Video 

Ruby Steet Bridge Lift

Video posted by Steve Conro

Play video on YouTube

Facts 

Overview
Bascule bridge over Des Plaines River on IL 53 (Old US 66) in Joliet
Location
Joliet, Will County, Illinois
Status
Open to four-lane traffic
History
Built 1935; rehabilitated 1972
Design
Bascule Trunnion truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 256.8 ft.
Total length: 395.9 ft.
Deck width: 44.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.53672, -88.08312   (decimal degrees)
41°32'12" N, 88°04'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/409650/4598907 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Joliet
Inventory numbers
IL 099-9901 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15754 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2013)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 43.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
12,250

Update Log 

  • January 28, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 22, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 12, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 9, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • May 26, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro
  • April 1, 2005: Posted photos by David Backlin

Sources 

  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Ruby Street Bridge
Posted June 8, 2013, by M.R. Traska (mrtraska [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was most recently rehabilitated between July and November of 2012. I don't know whether/how many steel beams were replaced, so there may be some previous historic mill marks missing from the original 1930s bridge.

Ruby Street Bridge
Posted September 23, 2007, by Anonymous

I'm surprised there are no comments about these fine bridges in Joliet. The bridges and the river give Joliet Illinois real character. It was a fascinating place to grow up as a child. The best thing ever?....getting stopped by one of the bridges when a pusher went by. "Mom?....get closer so I can see!" Even better?....getting stopped by both a bridge AND a train in the same car trip. Another great aspect was in winter time especially around Christmas. Ridng through downtown Joliet all decorated for Christmas and steam coming off of the river. The stacks of the pusher boats passing by downtown behind the levee wall of the river. The old buildings with their 100 years worth of character. You can't beat it. Very warm place to live.