South of the small downtown of Marseilles, main street goes over the Illinois River (the bridge on the right) just west of the Marseilles Lock and Dam (on the left.) The Illinois Waterway connects the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico via the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. This is one of a series of 8 locks, managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, that control water flow from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River system.
Sorry for the silent blog 🙂 Life has been busier than the usual crazy and, my dad recently had double bypass surgery. So, two days ago, I took a road trip back home to be with my parents. He is doing quite well and will be home tomorrow. In the meantime, hope you enjoy one of my favorite bridges in New York.
This beautiful piece of engineering art connects Staten Island and Brooklyn. It has always struck me as a majestic part of the landscape of the five boroughs of New York City. I leave you with this….interesting fact from the MTA website: Seasonal contractions and expansions of the steel cables cause the double-decked roadway to be 12 feet lower in the summer than in the winter.
The second image from my meanderings along the banks of the Illinois River. This is a favorite spot…if you have been hanging around my blog for a while you will probably recognize it. Have a great week!