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Division Street Bridge (new)


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Photo taken by Roger Deschner in December 2014

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


BH Photo #309844

Street Views 


Semi-permanent Bailey pony truss bridge, manufactured by Acrow, with cantilevered sidewalks. Though many Bailey bridges are temporary, the City of Chicago bought this one, instead of renting it as is typically done. The approach sidewalks are concrete. It will probably be here for a while, especially since it was built in line with Division Street, instead of on a runaround as was initially planned, and as they did at North Avenue.

Regardless of the loss of the previous 111 year old historic bridge, this new bridge has its interesting points. It's definitely not a UCEB, or a trendy arch like on nearby Halsted Street. It has a relatively long clear span for a Bailey Bridge, so it has triple trusses, double-high, making it a very strong bridge. The large number of Bailey trusses sandwiched together do present interesting photographic angles.


Bailey pony truss bridge over Chicago River North Branch Canal on West Division Street
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Future prospects
May only be temporary
Ordered from a catalog and assembled; opened September 30, 2014.
- Acrow Corporation of America of Parsippany, New Jersey
Two-story Acrow Bailey-type pony truss with cantilevered sidewalks on both sides.
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 267.0 ft.
Deck width: 36.0 ft.
Also called
East Division Street Bridge
Division Street Canal Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.90362, -87.64972   (decimal degrees)
41°54'13" N, 87°38'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/446110/4639279 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chicago Loop
Inventory numbers
IL 016-6015 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 64796 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Fixed dimensions; previously largest span was longer than total length, which is impossible
  • November 2, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 17, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • June 24, 2015: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added manufacturer - Acrow
  • December 17, 2014: New Street View added by Roger Deschner
  • December 16, 2014: Added by Roger Deschner

Related Bridges 


  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein


Division Street Bridge (new)
Posted December 17, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

Yes, this bridge is modern, but it is an interesting structure, in its own right, worthy of listing on this site.

It's clear historic significance lies in the fact that it temporarily replaces a bridge that is historic.

Thanks for listing it, Roger.

Division Street Bridge (new)
Posted December 17, 2014, by Anonymous