Halsted Street Bridge over the Little Calumet River


Halsted Street Bridge over the Little Calumet River  View from the Bridge

The Halsted Street Bridge spans the Little Calumet River in Chicago.    Adjacent bridges are the Ashland Avenue Bridge and the Penn Central Railroad Bridge.  Bridge description is as follows:  metal 10 panel  rivet-connected Parker through truss, fixed and approach spans: pre-stressed concrete stringers (multi-beam), fixed.    The bridge was constructed in 1931 making it one of the older ones on the Calumet Waterway.    The bridge was rehabbed in 1996 and again in 2016-2017.

The builder/contractor is unknown.   There is on main span and 2 approach spans.  Main span measures 230 feet.  Structure length is 420.3 feet.   Roadway width measures 44 feet.


Halsted Street Bridge

Because this is an older bridge, it exhibits some unusual features:  all of the connections are riveted; there is extensive use of built up beams with attractive lattice and v-lacing.  Originally, there was  a lattice railing for the sidewalk of the of the truss span.   This was removed.

Originally, there was a wooden bridge 200 feet down stream from the current bridge.  That was removed and replaced with the current structure.


View from the Halsted Street Bridge.  Bridges seen in the distance–Ashland Avenue and  I 57


Same as above


Halsted Street Bridge


Halsted Street Bridge


Halsted Street Bridge over Little Calumet River.  

Bridge Inspection as of 3/2013

Deck                                       Condition                                 Rating   Good 7 out of 9

Superstructure                    Condition                                 Rating   Fair    5 out of 9

Substructure                        Condition                                 Rating   Satisfactory  6 out of 9

Appraisal functionally obsolete.

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