Joliet, Illinois

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The landmark bridges of Joliet are its six bascule highway bridges over the Des Plaines River, all built in the 1930s. Four of them are magnificent Scherzer Rolling Lift bridges, and the other two are Chicago-style trunion bascule bridges. The river has heavy boat traffic, so they open frequently, and when you visit you are likely to get to watch (or be inconvenienced by) the bridges being raised. The rolling lift bridges are satisfyingly noisy when they operate, and their big cable supports give them almost a whimsical appearance. The elongated city park on the west bank of the river is a great place to watch the boat and bridge action.

The five moveable bridges in the Downtown area, all have nearly identical, distinctive art-deco railings. This railing design has been replicated on newer sections of the city's riverwalk.

Joliet has other interesting bridges too, such as the CSX Railroad lift bridge over the Des Plaines River, and the BNSF Railroad bridge over the I&M Canal, a Baltimore truss which is so severely skewed that it has interesting optical illusions from most viewing angles. It's also home to the badly deteriorated I-80 bridge, which carries 10,000 semi trucks daily, and is scheduled for replacement.


"New" Richards Street-Hickory Creek Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1967
Bridge over Hickory Creek on "new" Richards Street
Open to traffic

Abe Street Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1911
Arch bridge over Spring Creek on Abe Street in Joliet
Open to traffic

Benton Street Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1912; rehabilitated 1983
Beam bridge over Spring Creek on Benton Street
Open to pedestrians only

BNSF - 4th Avenue Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1910
Through Girder bridge over 4th Ave (US6 WB) on BNSF Railway
Open to traffic

BNSF - 5th Avenue Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1910
Through Girder bridge over 5th Street (US6 EB) on BNSF Railway
Open to traffic

BNSF - Columbia Street Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1907
Through plate girder bridge over Columbia St (IL53 & old Rte 66 WB) on BNSF Railway
Open to traffic

BNSF - I&M Canal Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1935
Baltimore through truss bridge over I&M Canal on BNSF Railway in Joliet
Open

BNSF - Jackson Street Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1908
Through Girder bridge over Jackson Street on BNSF Railway in Joliet
Open to traffic

BNSF - Ohio Street Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Girder bridge over Ohio Street on BNSF RR in Joliet
Open to traffic

BNSF - Scott Street Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1907
Through Girder bridge over Scott Street on BNSF Railway in Joliet
Open to traffic

BNSF - US52/IL53 Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1936
Girder bridge over US52 / IL53/Chicago ST (Old Rte 66) on BNSF RR
Open to traffic

BNSF/UP - Cass Street Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1911
Steel Stringer bridge over E Cass St (US30 WB) on BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad
Open to traffic

BNSF/UP - Jefferson Street Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1930
Girder bridge over US 30 EB (Jefferson St) on BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad
Open to traffic

BNSF/UP - Osgood Street Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1911
Beam bridge over Osgood Street on BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad
Open to traffic

Brandon Road Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1972
Steel stringer bridge over Des Plaines River on Brandon Road
Open to traffic

Brandon Road Draw Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1932; rehabilitated 1949, 1990, 2021; reopened April 5, 2021
Bascule bridge over Brandon Road Lock Channel of Des Plaines River on Brandon Road (CH 42)
Reopened after long-term repairs

Cass Street Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1932; rehabilitated 1985
Rolling-lift bascule bridge over Des Plaines River on Westbound US 30 Lincoln Highway in Joliet
Open to traffic

CN - Charlesworth Street Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1914
Girder bridge over Charlesworth Street on EJ&E Ry (now CNRR)
Open to traffic

CN - Collins Street Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1918
Girder bridge over Collins St (IL 171) on Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Ry (now CNRR)
Open to traffic

CN - I&M Canal Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Pony/through girder bridge over I&M Canal on EJ&E Ry
Open to traffic

CSX - Chicago Street Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1912
Steel stringer bridge over IL53NB (Chicago St) on CSX RR(former Rock Island)
Open to traffic

CSX - Henderson Avenue Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Beam bridge over Henderson Ave on CSX RR (former Rock Island RR)
Open to traffic

CSX - Johns Manville/Caterpillar Spur I&M Canal Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1911
Old Railroad Swing bridge over I&M Canal on CSX RR Industial Spur
Seldom Used

CSX - Joliet Lift Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1932 by the American Bridge Company
Through truss lift bridge over Des Plaines River on CSX
Open to rail traffic

CSX - Old Scott Street Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1912
Steel stringer bridge over Former Scott Street on CSX Railroad
Open to traffic

CSX - Ottawa Street Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Ottawa St (IL 53SB/Old Rte 66) on CSX RR (former Rock Island RR)
Open to traffic

CSX - Richards Street Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Girder bridge over US 6 (Richards St) on CSX RR (former Rock Island RR)
Open to traffic

CSX - York Avenue Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1901
Deck plate girder bridge over Michigan Street/York Avenue on CSX Railroad in Joliet
Open to traffic

Garnsey Avenue Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1911
Arch bridge over Spring Creek on Garnsey Avenue in Joliet
Open to traffic

Hillcrest Road Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over Old Plank Road Trail (frmr MCRR) on abandoned Hillcrest Road
Open to pedestrians only

I-80 Des Plaines River Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1965; rehabilitated 1998
Pair of through truss bridges over Des Plaines on I-80 in Joliet
Open to traffic

IAIS/Metra - US30 Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over US 30 (Lincoln Highway) on Chicago Rail Link/Metra (former Rock Island)
Open to traffic

Jackson Street Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1932 by the Mississippi Valley Structural Steel Co.
Bascule bridge over Des Plaines River on Jackson Street in Joliet
Open to traffic

Jackson Street Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1926; rehabilitated 1984
Steel stringer bridge over Spring Creek on Jackson St (US 6)
Open to traffic

Jackson Street Viaduct (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1951; Replaced 1991
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Elgin Joliet & Eastern Railway East Joliet Yard Yard on US 6/Jackson Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Jefferson Street Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1932-33 by the Mississippi Valley Structural Steel Co.; rehabilitated 1941 and 2021
Through truss bascule bridge over Des Plaines River on Eastbound US 30 in Joliet
Closed for long-term repairs

Jefferson Street Bridge (Old) (Will County, Illinois)
Lost Through truss bridge over Des Plaines River on Jefferson Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Jefferson Street Bridge (Older) (Will County, Illinois)
Lost Stone arch bridge over Des Plaines River on Jefferson Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Landau Avenue Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1911
Arch bridge over Spring Creek on Landau Avenue in Joliet
Open to traffic

McDonough Street Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1933 by the Mississippi Valley Structural Steel Co.; rehabilitated 1987
Bascule bridge over Des Plaines River on McDonough Street (US 6/52) in Joliet
Open to traffic

McDonough Street Bridge (Old) (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1911;
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Des Plaines River on McDonough Street & CO&P Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

Ohio Street Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1912
Arch bridge over Spring Creek on Ohio Street, .125 mi. north of Jackson St
Open to traffic

Old Richards Street- Hickory Creek (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1930 ; bypassed by bridge on new alignment 1967
Bridge over Hickory Creek on (old) Richards Street
Open to traffic with 15 ton limit

Old Richards Street-Hickory Creek (Older) (Will County, Illinois)
Replaced 1930
Lost Deck arch bridge over Hickory Creek on Old Richards Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Patterson Road Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Replaced 2002
Lost through truss bridge over a quarry on Patterson Road, 1.2 mi. north of Laraway Rd
No longer exists

Ruby Street Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1935; rehabilitated 1972
Bascule bridge over Des Plaines River on IL 53 (Old US 66) in Joliet
Open to four-lane traffic

Sugar Run Creek Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Replaced 2001
Lost arch bridge over Sugar Run Creek on Patterson Street in Joliet
No longer exists

UP - 4th Avenue Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1910, Replaced 2015
Girder bridge over 4th Ave (US6 WB) on Union Pacific Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

UP - 5th Avenue Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1910, Replaced 2015
Lost Through Girder bridge over 5th Street (US6 EB) on Union Pacific Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

UP - Sugar Run Arch (Will County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Sugar Run on Union Pacific Railroad
Open to traffic

UP - US52 Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Built 1937
Girder bridge over US52 / IL53/Chicago ST (Old Rte 66) on UPRR (former ICG)
Open to traffic

West Park Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over stream on Belleview Avenue


Zurich Road Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Built ca. 1890 by the Chicago & Alton Railroad; replaced 1998
Lost timber pony truss bridge over the UPRR on Zurich Road near Joliet
Replaced by modern bridge