Restoration of a Chicago Icon, the West Adams Street Bridge

Harbour was a part of the team that helped restore the iconic West Adams Street bridge, which has been in use for more than 140 years in Chicago, Illinois. The bridge opened in 1927, and like other bridges over the Chicago River, it is designed to be lifted, allowing sailboats and other large vessels to pass. It is one of 37 movable bridges maintained by the Chicago Department of Transportation.
West Adams Street Bridge drawings

West Adams Street Bridge drawings

This bridge is 16′-0″ above the Chicago River and gets used by more than 50,000 pedestrians and 37 CTA bus routes per day. the 199′-0″ trunnion-to-trunnion deck truss bridge has a clear span of 173′-0″. The 1909 Plan of Chicago influenced the bridge design. The Adams Street bridge and its neighbor at Jackson Blvd. are the only two single-deck bridges representing Burnham’s Plan for downtown river bridges. The most iconic feature of the bridge is the four limestone bridge tender houses, which give homage to the Beaux-Arts. The placement of all bridge support was purposely below the deck, giving unobstructed views of the city.

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City of Chicago
Chicago Department of Transportation


General Contractor


Edward H. Bennett


Donald N. Becker


Built: 1929
Renovated: 1996


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