The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin work next week on the reconstruction of the 18th Street Bridge over the Chicago River, a major travel connection to and from the South Loop and Chinatown neighborhoods.
“The 18th Street Bridge is an important piece of our infrastructure, and this reconstruction project will ensure this bridge can continue to serve residents for generations to come,” CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld. “Critical infrastructure upgrades like this must be made to strengthen our communities. A restored bridge will provide improved access to the burgeoning South Loop and Chinatown neighborhoods.”
The 47-year-old movable bascule bridge, which was built in 1967, will be restored with: new roadway and sidewalk decks; repaired truss, floor beams and lateral bracing; and upgraded electrical and navigational lighting. The $5.4 million project is funded through the Chicago tax increment financing (TIF) program, and is part of Building a New Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s infrastructure renewal program.
The construction will require a full closure of the bridge from December 10th through April 1, 2015.
During the construction, all vehicular traffic will be detoured south to cross the river over the Canal Street Bridge and via Cermak Road, Archer Avenue and Clark Street.
All bicycles will be detoured north to cross the river at Roosevelt Road via Canal and Wabash Avenue.
Since Mayor Emanuel took office in May 2011, CDOT has either commenced or completed nearly $650 million worth of bridge construction projects:
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