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West Division Street Bridge


West Division Stree Bridge

Bridge has a slight curve between pratt span and Main Parker Spain.

Photo taken by J.P.


BH Photo #217615


Street Views 


Parker through truss bridge over Des Plaines River on West Division Street
Lockport, Will County, Illinois
Closed to all traffic
Built 1899 Closed 1993
East Approach: Pinned Parker Through Truss
Main Span: Pinned Parker Through Truss
West Approach: Pinned Pratt Through Truss
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 530.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.58183, -88.07176   (decimal degrees)
41°34'55" N, 88°04'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/410659/4603903 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 49841 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 8, 2020: New Street View added by Tyler
  • January 13, 2019: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • February 1, 2015: New Street View added by Dave King
  • July 16, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • October 22, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • October 16, 2011: Added by J.P.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Tyler


West Division Street Bridge
Posted February 1, 2015, by Guy Azbell (guyazbell [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I remember as a kid in the 60s the round abouts that you had to climb to get on the division street bridge trying to find any pictures of the round abouts over the years i dream of stuff like that Lockport was a very small quiet town back then i guess that sentimental memories get hard to ignore as i reach my senior years.

West Division Street Bridge
Posted October 24, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

EXTREMELY doubtful that the bridge will ever be turned into a pedestrian bridge at its current location. It would have been nice to have it be a tie in to the I&M Canal trail, but that unfortunately is on the other side of the Sanitary and Ship Canal. Some of the area around this bridge appears to be property of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. This agency is not the type of agency that is interested in inviting the public into any of its land. And yes, there is a dam 1.1 miles north of this bridge. It separates the river from the Sanitary and Ship Canal. The sign about sirens sounding and rising water is a routine warning to be found downstream of many dams, nothing unusual.

You can read my insights about this bridge here: http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse... As you will see I was not able to stylistically associate a builder with any of the spans. I sure would like to know who built them. I also thought the Pratt span maybe looked older.

West Division Street Bridge
Posted October 22, 2011, by J.P.

The only reason I dont see the trail happening is because its on the Water Companys property, plus there were signs that said if you hear a buzzer run. (laymen Terms.) Guessing the river there floods quite easily or there is a dam up stream from that area. But I would love to see it become a trail, in my opinion as you said Trail written all over it. A nice paint Job and some rehab work and its ready to go.

West Division Street Bridge
Posted October 22, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This one has trail use written all over it!