Division Street Bridge over North Branch Chicago River

    

Written: 1/9/2018 There have been 2 bridges at this site The current bridge crosses the  north branch Chicago River (1129 West; 1200 North) between Goose Island and the mainland.  It is located 3 miles from the river mouth. It is also known as the Charles Levy Bridge.  It was opened in June 4, 1904.  It was composed of 700 tons of steel and 500 tons of counter weight 

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Division Street Bridge over North Branch Chicago River

 

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Division Street Bridge over North Branch Chicago River

    It consists of one main span and and four approach spans.  It is a complex part through part pony truss bascule bridge.  The main span is 149 feet in length.  The structure length is 242 feet.  Roadway width is 36 feet.   There are three truss structures supporting two 18 foot roadways.    There are two 8 foot sidewalks.

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Division Street Bridge over north branch Chicago River

     Bridge houses were rebuilt in the 1930’s;  new center locks were installed; there was machinery renewal and deck replacement.  In 1942, the bridge was redecked;there was structural steel repairs. In the 1950’s, plank roadway was replaced with open steel grids.  In the 1960’s, operator houses were replaced.  In 1993, the bridge was completely rehabbed.  The bridge was changed to fixed status.

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Division Street Bridge over north branch Chicago River

Contractors were :       

Design:                                                    Department of Bridges and Viaducts

Superstructure Contractor:              J.E. Roemheld

Substructure Contractor:                  FitzSimons and Connell

Cost was. $256,315

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Division Street Bridge over north branch Chicago River

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Division Street Bridge

It is refreshing to see an historic bridge in this area considering the modern ones located at North Avenue, Division Street over the North Branch Channel and the Halsted Avenue.

     The first West Division Street Bridge opened in 1869.  It was the first combination wood and iron swing bridge.  It was a Howe truss.  It was 180 feet long and 29 feet wide.It had a small bridge house.  

Contractors were:

Design:                      Fox and Howard

Construction:          Fox and Howard

Construction costs where $15,795.

Bridge was removed on May 1, 1902

Division Street Bridge over North Branch of Chicago River

Division Street Bridge over North Branch Chicago River

Photos added 4/12/2018

     The city of Chicago has planned to replace the 114 year old Division Street Bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River in 2019.    The group Friends of Goose Island is floating the plan to move the bridge farther North to create a pedestrian and bike path at Blackhawk Street.

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