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Wells Street Bridge over the Chicago River was built in 1922.
Standing east of the Franklin Street Bridge and southeast of the
Merchandise Mart, the bascule bridge connects the with "The Loop."
The bridge is double decked, the lower deck carrying 3 lanes of
traffic south over the river with sidewalks on both sides of the
street. The upper deck serves as a bridge for the Chicago Transit
Authority's Brown and Purple lines. Control houses for controlling
the bridge are on the northwest and southeast corners of the
bridge.The bridge was constructed during the first term of William
Hale Thompson. The Chicago Plan Commission and Chicago Art
Commission provided design input to architect E.H. Bennett.
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