Z6: Chicago’s Most Unique and Still Working Swing Bridge
Mar03

Z6: Chicago’s Most Unique and Still Working Swing Bridge

A relatively unknown but still active swing bridge crosses the North Branch of the Chicago River at a bend in the waterway roughly one block south of Cortland Street. Built in 1899 by the Chicago, Milwaukee and Saint Paul Railway (commonly referred to as the Milwaukee Road), this bobtail swing bridge is still active. Due to its very low river clearance, it is normally left in the open position so as not to impede barge and river...

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