North Avenue Bridge
Text by Wayne Lorentz
It's always the workhorses of Chicago that never get noticed. The bits of infrastructure that are so essential to our everyday lives that we forget they are there. The North Avenue Bridge is one of those forgettable structures. But not for much longer. The long-decaying bridge is being replaced by a new span. A span with a design that most cities would consider a showcase attraction. In Chicago's case, it will still cross the same barge-littered industrial backwater it always did, but this time it will do it with class.
> In designing this new bridge, the location and view of the Loop skyline was taken into consideration. The bridge attempts to maximize that view.
> The clearance under the bridge is 18 feet.
> The bridge deck is four feet thick.
> 1907 - The North Avenue bridge is completed.
> 1972 - The last time the North Avenue bridge was raised.
> 2006 - Work begins on the new North Avenue Bridge.
> 2007 - The new North Avenue Bridge is completed.
Did You Know?
Fred A. Busse - Mayor
John J. Hanberg.
Commissioner of Public Works. John Ericson, City Engineer.
Thos. G. Pihlfeldt
City Bridge Engineer.
Alexander von Babo, Structural Designer."
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