Chicago Avenue bridge to be closed for demolition, reconstruction


The Chicago Avenue bridge will be out of commission beginning Nov. 1.

Construction crews will work to demolish the bridge and in its place erect a temporary replacement to open early in the new year. The 104-year-old bridge connects River North and River West.

According to Curbed Chicago, Division Street and North and Grand Avenues will serve as an east-west detour for traffic, including pedestrians. A temporary shared bus and bike lane will be available in both directions on Halsted Street between Chicago and Division.

No groups or persons have come forward to claim the century-old piece of Chicago infrastructure which was initially built in 1914. A new, permanent bridge is expected to open in 2021. It will provide two traffic lanes in each direction – doubling the capacity of the current outgoing structure.


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