Wabash Avenue Bridge
|Wabash Avenue Bridge|
Wabash Avenue Bridge at night
|Locale||Chicago, Cook County, Illinois|
|Official name||Irv Kupcinet Bridge|
|Other name(s)||Wabash Avenue Bridge|
|Maintained by||Chicago Department of Transportation|
|Design||Double-leaf bascule bridge|
|Total length||345 feet (105 m)|
|Width||90 feet (27 m)|
|Longest span||232 feet (71 m)|
|No. of spans||3|
|Clearance below||22 feet (7 m)|
The Wabash Avenue Bridge (officially, Irv Kupcinet Bridge) over the Chicago River was built in 1930. Standing west of the Michigan Avenue Bridge and east of Marina City, the bascule bridge connects the Near North Side with "The Loop" area.
The single-deck, double-leaf bascule bridge was designed by Thomas Pihlfeldt and built by the Ketler and Elliot Company. The American Institute of Steel Construction awarded it the "Most Beautiful" bridge in 1930.
The control houses for controlling bridge operations are on the northwest and southwest corners of the bridge. The control houses are identical in design. In 1961 the control houses were upgraded to allow single man operation. Electrical modernization also accompanied this upgrade. While the northern control house is no longer in use, it still stands.
In popular culture
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- The bridge was used in the opening sequence of Perfect Strangers from season 3 onwards, which the title card was shown at the beginning, as well as the opening sequence of the first three seasons of the Perfect Strangers spin-off series, Family Matters, where the Winslow family are riding bicycles over the bridge.
- The bridge was also used in the opening credits of Siskel & Ebert.
- A glimpse of the bridge was featured in the opening sequence to the first three seasons of The Bob Newhart Show.
- Other Chicago-set shows to feature this include Good Times.
- The bridge was also used in Dhoom 3.
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