Bascules and Boats: Bridge Lift of July 11, 2020. Photo Gallery #2. South Branch to Main Branch, Chicago River. Historic Infrastructure for Working Order.

Bascule bridges are plentiful in Chicago and provide insights into our rich industrial and infrastructure history… and modern ways of connecting with each other. Here are photos of the bridge lift of July 11, 2020.

Lake Street Bridge Train Deck Approach Span: Warren Truss
Lake Street Bridge Through Truss Web, Roadway Deck and Train Deck Supports
Lake Street Bridge West Leaf with Bridge Inspectors
Lake Street Bridge Train Deck Approach Span and Raised West Leaf
Upper North Wacker Drive Survey Marker near the Lake Street Bridge.
Franklin Street Bridge Both Leaves Going Up
Franklin Street Bridge with Boats Going Through
Wells Street Bridge Train Deck and Entire Clear Span
Brown Line Crossing Wells Street Bridge Going Southbound
LaSalle Street Bridge Inspectors Prepare for Boat Crossing as Wells Street Bridge Remains Raised
Wells Street Bridge Descending
LaSalle Street Bridge North Leaf Raised
Clark Street Bridge Truss Web and Gear Rack Plates, Looking North
Clark Street Bridge South Leaf Raised
Clark Street Bridge Truss Web, Gear Rack Plates and Barriers, and Bridge Tender’s House
Clark Street Bridge South Leaf and Monumental Bridge Tender’s House