La Salle Street Bridge

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La Salle Street Bridge
LaSalle Street bridge 20100731.jpg
View of LaSalle Street Bridge from Wells Street Bridge
Coordinates 41°53′15″N 87°37′57″W / 41.887484°N 87.632474°W / 41.887484; -87.632474Coordinates: 41°53′15″N 87°37′57″W / 41.887484°N 87.632474°W / 41.887484; -87.632474
Carries Automobiles
Crosses Chicago River
Locale Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Official name La Salle Street Bridge
Other name(s) Marshall Suloway Bridge
Maintained by Chicago Department of Transportation
ID number 000016603226800
Total length 242 feet (74 m)
Width 86 feet (26 m)
Longest span 220 feet (67 m)
Clearance above 18.7 feet (5.7 m)
Designer Donald Becker
Opened 1928
Daily traffic 12050[1]

The La Salle Street Bridge (or Marshall Suloway Bridge) is a single-deck double-leaf trunnion bascule bridge spanning the main stem of the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois,[2] that connects the Near North Side with the Loop area. It was constructed in 1928 at a cost of $2,500,000[3] by the Strobel Steel Constructing Company.

The bridge was part of a scheme to widen LaSalle Street and improve access from the Loop to the north side of the river that had been proposed as early as 1902.[4] The design of the bridge, along with those for new bridges at Madison, Franklin, and Clark streets, was approved in 1916.[5]

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  1. ^ "NBI Structure Number: 000016603226800". Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  2. ^ "Chicago River Bascule Bridge, LaSalle Street". Historic American Engineering Record. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  3. ^ "Widening of LaSalle Street, New Bridge to be Ready by Nov. 1". Chicago Tribune. 1928-09-30. 
  4. ^ "La Salle Street Boulevard Plan". Chicago Daily Tribune. 1902-04-10. 
  5. ^ "Bridge Eyesores Will Give Way to Beauty Plans". Chicago Daily Tribune. 1916-02-18.