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West Division Street Bascule Bridge


View Looking At Western Pier Showing Deck Superstructure: From Se River Pier

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #118317

Street View 


Bascule bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Division Street in Chicago
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Future prospects
At risk for demolition, might be relocated as a pedestrian bridge across the river.
Built 1904; rehabilitated 1992
- Fitzsimons & Connell Dredge & Dock Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- John E. Ericson
- Roemheld & Gallery Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Thomas G. Pihlfeldt
Bascule Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 172.9 ft.
Total length: 259.9 ft.
Deck width: 39.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Charles Levy Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.90361, -87.65722   (decimal degrees)
41°54'13" N, 87°39'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/445488/4639283 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chicago Loop
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
IL 016-6016 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15121 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 34.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 15, 2020: Updated by Tyler: Updated future prospects
  • August 14, 2018: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Doomed"
  • February 4, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • December 16, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 29, 2014: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added alternate name of bridge
  • May 31, 2014: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added photos; corrected Illinois bridge number; the two Division St bridges had been exchanged
  • October 8, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.

Related Bridges 


  • HAER IL-148 - West Division Street Bridge, Spanning North Branch of Chicago River at West Division Street, Chicago, Cook County, IL
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Douglas Butler
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tyler


West Division Street Bascule Bridge
Posted August 14, 2018, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Now doomed, though there is a proposal to relocate it to Blackhawk Street. One more step on the city's plan to demolish all historic bascule bridges on the North Branch of the Chicago River.


West Division Street Bridge
Posted May 31, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

The Roger Deschner photos are really good.