West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 3 Photos

Original Sanitary & Ship Canal Completion and Improvment

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Photo 3.17

Weakness in the bedrock, perhaps caused by the tremendous weight of the nearby spoil pile, caused numerous failures in the rock wall of the S&S Canal between Willow Springs and Lockport, requiring replacement of short segments of canal wall with masonry. The replacement shown is near Romeoville, and was completed on November 8, 1915. Replacement was accomplished using a cofferdam in the canal, removing the incompetent rock and replacing it with mortared quarried limestone. (MWRD photo 5228)