Ashland Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River

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Entrance to the Ashland Avenue Bridge

     Blog Posted 1/3/2018

     The North Ashland Avenue Bridge (2201 North: 1600 West) crosses North to South over the North Branch Chicago 4.9 miles from the river mouth. The current bridge is the first and only bridge at this site.  It opened on August 20, 1936.

     It is a metal rivet-connected Pratt Pony Truss, movable: double leaf bascule (fixed trunnion) and approach spans, metal stringer (multibeam), fixed.  There is one main span 4 approach spans. The main span measures 232 feet. The structure length is 386.5 feet. The roadway width is 60 feet.   There are four lanes of traffic.

Contractors  were

Design:  Division of Bridges and Viaducts   City of Chicago

Superstructure Contractor:  Kettler Elliot Company

Substructure Contractor:  FitzSimons and Connell Company Company

     In 1993, the bridge was rehabbed.

     In 1995, bridge was charged to fixed.

     Construction Costs were $1.7 million.

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Ashland Avenue Bridge

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Bridge Keeper House Ashland Avenue Bridge

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Ashland Avenue Bridge

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Ashland Avenue Bridge

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Design on Ashland Avenue Bridge Keeper House

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Ashland Avenue Bridge

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Bridge Keeper House Ashland Avenue Bridge

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Ashland Avenue Bridge

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Ashland Avenue Bridge

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Ashland Avenue Bridge

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View from the Ashland Avenue Bridge

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Ashland Avenue Bridge

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View of the Ashland Avenue Bridge from the Western Avenue Bridge

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Same as above

Bridge Inspection  11/2010

Deck                            Condition.                Rating.    Satisfactory. 6 out 9

Superstructure.       Condition.               Rating.    Satisfactory  6 out of 9

Substructure.          Condition.                Rating.     Good 7 out of 9

Sufficiency Rating   94/100

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