4 votes

Jefferson Street Bridge


Facing east

Photo taken July 2004 by David Backlin

BH Photo #102646


Street View 


Through truss bascule bridge over Des Plaines River on Eastbound US 30 in Joliet
Joliet, Will County, Illinois
Open to two-lane traffic
Built 1932-33 by the Mississippi Valley Structural Steel Co.; rehabilitated 1941
- Mississippi Valley Structural Steel Co. of Decatur, Illinois
Bascule Cantilevered through truss
Length of largest span: 166.0 ft.
Total length: 331.0 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.52495, -88.08606   (decimal degrees)
41°31'30" N, 88°05'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/409388/4597603 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IL 099-0166 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15746 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 28.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 6, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • May 8, 2014: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • September 15, 2009: Posted HAER photos
  • July 8, 2008: New photos from Kim Harvey
  • June 22, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added to Lincoln Highway category
  • April 1, 2005: Posted photos by David Backlin

Related Bridges 


  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Kim Harvey
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER IL-58 - DesPlaines River Bridge, Jefferson Street, Joliet, Will County, IL
  • Douglas Butler


Jefferson Street Bridge
Posted January 20, 2009, by Bob (bob3068 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The bridge in the photo is not the Jefferson st. Bridge. It's the Jackson St bridge. There are only 2 bridges that are 2 lanes in the city. The other is McDonough and the one in the photo is not that one because the traffic light is positioned farther east due to the widening of the river before the locks. Jefferson St. is a eastbound only, 3 lane bridge. This one is 2 was and about 5 blocks north.

Jefferson Street Bridge
Posted June 3, 2008, by Michael Limacher (m [dot] djmjlcst [at] comcast [dot] net)

This is the Jackson Street bridge in Joliet, Illinois. The McDonough Street bridge is a two lane bridge too but is painted blue and has overhead arches before entering the span - just like the Cass Street bridge, only that bridge is a three lane bridge. I was born and raised in Joliet. Go to the website for Historic Bridges of Michigan and Elsewhere and you'll see great pictures of all the bridges in Joliet! The URL is http://www.historicbridges.org/index.htm

Have a good day!


Jefferson Street Bridge
Posted June 13, 2006, by Steve Forbes (sandlforbes [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is actually the McDonough Street Bridge. The Jefferson Street Bridge is a 3 lane one way bridge. McDonough Street is a 2 way 2 lane bridge which carries US Routes 52 and 6 over the Des Plains River.

Jefferson Street Bridge
Posted May 6, 2006, by Joe (joethejedi [at] gmail [dot] com)

My Father, and his before him, worked for MVSS. Thank you for posting the plaque image. That's a great bit of nostalgia.