Diversey Parkway Bridge over North Branch of the Chicago River

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Diversey Parkway Bridge over north branch Chicago River

Posted 12/31/2017

There have been two bridges over the North Branch Chicago at Diversey Parkway (2150 West; 2800 North). The current bridge runs east-west 6 miles from the river mouth. It is a steel and concrete bridge. It opened in 1968. It was designed by Division of Bridges and Viaducts City of Chicago. It was built by J.M. Corbett Company. Construction costs were $1,654,712.

The first bridge opened September 11, 1896. It was 184 feet long and 35 feet wide. It was a steel hand operated swing bridge. It was a Pratt through truss. Designer was unknown. Superstructure Contractor was Lassing Bridge and Iron Company. Substructure Contractor was Lydon and Drews Company. Cost was $31,345.

In 1909, bridge house was moved from North East to South West Corner due to a fire in 1921.

In September, 1929, roadway was renovated.

In 1928, crash with a steamer caused extensive damage

In 1963, there were extensive renovation costing $150,000.

Bridge was removed in February, 1967.

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View from the Diversey Parkway Bridge

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Diversey ParkwayBridge over north branch Chicago River

Diversey Parkway Bridge over north branch Chicago. River

Diversey Parkway Bridge over north branch Chicago River.

View from Diversey Parkway Bridge over north branch Chicago River

View from Diversey Parkway Bridge over north branch

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