The Cicero Avenue Traffic Bridge is a bascule type. It crosses the Sanitary and Ship Canal between the Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad and the south Central Avenue Traffic Bridges. The bridge is open and has four lanes of traffic.
It was built in 1927. At that time it was a pony truss bascule bridge with two truss lines. At that time the bridge could be raised and there were bridge tender buildings and traffic gates.
In 1966, the bridge was rehabbed and widened. A third pony truss line was added. This was identical to the original two lines. The steel used at this time was from U.S. steel. It is not clear whether the lock tender buildings and traffic gates were removed at this time. Currently the length of the largest span is 240 feet. Total structure length is 304 feet. Width is 74.1 feet. It is a fixed bridge.
Bridge inspection as of 12/2010 is:
Deck Condition: 6 out of 9 Satisfactory; Superstructure Condition: 6 out of 9 Satisfactory; Substructure Condition: 6 out of 9 Satisfactory.