Wabash Avenue Bridge

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Wabash Avenue Bridge
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Wabash Avenue Bridge at night
Coordinates41°53′17″N 87°37′37″W / 41.887924°N 87.626839°W / 41.887924; -87.626839Coordinates: 41°53′17″N 87°37′37″W / 41.887924°N 87.626839°W / 41.887924; -87.626839
CrossesChicago River
LocaleChicago, Cook County, Illinois
Official nameIrv Kupcinet Bridge
Other name(s)Wabash Avenue Bridge
Maintained byChicago Department of Transportation
ID number000016605226647
DesignDouble-leaf bascule bridge
Total length345 feet (105 m)
Width90 feet (27 m)
Longest span232 feet (71 m)
No. of spans3
Clearance below22 feet (7 m)
DesignerThomas Pihlfeldt
Daily traffic5,800[1]

The Wabash Avenue Bridge (officially, Irv Kupcinet Bridge) over the Chicago River was built in 1930. Standing west of the Michigan Avenue Bridge and southwest of the Trump International Hotel and Tower. The bascule bridge connects the Near North Side with "The Loop" area.

The single-deck, double leaf bridge was designed by Thomas Pihlfeldt and built by the Ketler and Elliot Company.[2] The American Institute of Steel Construction awarded it the "Most Beautiful" bridge in 1930.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "NBI Structure Number: 000016605226647". Retrieved 2009-05-18.[permanent dead link]
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Park Service. "Historic American Engineering Record". Retrieved 2009-05-18.

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