Wabash Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River

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Wabash Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River.  Trump Tower seen in the background

     The current Wabash Avenue Bridge ( 50 East  326 North) over the Chicago River is the first bridge at this  location.  It is 7/10ths of a mile west of the river mouth.  In 1985, it was dedicated as the Irv Kupcinet Bridge  Mr. Kupcinet was a long time columnist for the Chicago Sun Times News Paper.   Their offices used to be located on Wabash Avenue near the river.   The bridge was built in 1930.  It was rehabbed in 2003.  It consists of one main span and 3 approach spans.  The main span length is 269 feet.  The structure length is 345.2 feet.   The roadway width is 57 feet.

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One of the two Bridge Keeper’s Houses Wabash Avenue Bridge

The official bridge description is metal rivet-connected Pratt Railing Height Truss, movable double leaf bascule (fixed trunnion) and approach spans: metal stringer (multibeam), fixed.  There are single  bridge tender houses on each side of the bridge.  They are Beaux Arts Style.

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Wabash Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River  Trump Tower seen in the distance

 

The contractors were: Building/Contractor  Ketler-Elliot Company of Chicago

Engineer/Design  City of Chicago (Thomas Pihlfeldt)

Electric Contractor  Pierce Electric Company

Bridge Tender Houses Contractor  George Cullen, Inc.

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Bridge Plaque

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Bridge Plaque

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Wabash Avenue Bridge  Roadway

Wabash Avenue Bridge

Wabash Avenue Bridge

Inspection 10/2011

Deck                           Condition             Rating                   Very  Good        8 out of 9

Superstructure        Condition             Rating                   Satisfactory      6 out or 9

Substructure           Condition             Rating                    Poor                  4 out of 9

 

Appraisal   Structurally deficient

 

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