Another Construction Barge Sinks in the Chicago River

Sunken construction barge

Sunken construction barge from Loop Spy John

For the second time in four months, a construction barge has gone to the bottom of the Chicago River.

This latest incident happened next to the construction site for 150 North Riverside, the 53-story office building going up on the west side of the river’s downtown confluence.

Loop Spy John alerted us to the incident as it happened and sent in the photo above, complete with bubbles escaping from what appears to be a buckled center portion of the former floatie.  Our regular Fulton River Spy provided this photograph of the aftermath below.

The barge that sunk back in July was part of the work on the Chicago Riverwalk along the main channel of the river at LaSalle Street.  This barge was moored between Lake and Randolph Streets on the South Branch of the river, and appears to be part of the work on 150 North Riverside.

Sunken construction barge

Sunken construction barge from Fulton River Spy


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