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Chicago’s Steel Bascule Bridges “Endangered”
Posted by Tasha Weiss on May 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM.

Chicago’s bascule bridges are some of the city’s most iconic structures but many are in trouble, according to a recent Chicago Sun-Times article. These bridges have made Landmark Illinois’ “Ten Most Endangered Historic Places” for 2013.


While many of the moveable steel bridges are still in operation, others are no longer operable and are due to be replaced in upcoming years with new wider, fixed bridges, according to Landmark.


And despite the city’s $41 million Wells Street Bridge reconstruction project currently underway, other bascules, while not planned for replacement, are deteriorating due to a lack of capital repair funds.


The article says that the city’s Department of Transportation is preparing a bridge preservation plan in hopes that parts of those bridges in need of replacement could be salvaged.



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