Metropolitan Water Reclamation District photo
Illinois State Archives

I & M Canal
Towpath Bridge
Joliet, IL
This bridge was built as part of the original Sanitary & Ship Canal to replace an earlier bridge. Both carried the towpath over the Des Plaines River which flows under the bridge from the left top. The I&M Canal goes north to the right of the bridge. The combined waterways flow off the lower edge to the left to reach Joliet. The bridge carries a 12' wide roadway through the trusses on the upstream side and the 6' towpath on a porch on the right. The bridge was three spans of 624.3 feet total length. The bridge was removed in 1910 between July and October to allow extension of the Sanitary & Ship Canal from the new powerhouse at Lockport, upstream, to the Upper Basin in Joliet, downstream. The photo was taken to show the effects of ice in January, 1905. Note that the canal boat on the right is sunk.