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The Chicago Department of Transportation is proposing the removal and replacement of the Chicago Avenue Bascule Bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River located in Chicago, Cook County, State of Illinois. The bridge was determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Pursuant to Title 23 U.S.C. 144 (g), the City of Chicago shall first make the bridge available for donation to the state, local or responsible entity.
Therefore, the Chicago Department of Transportation is offering the Chicago Avenue Bascule Bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River to any qualifying state, local or responsible entity, as soon as they agree to enter into an agreement to the following conditions:
1. Maintain the bridge and the features that give it its historic significance, and
2. Assume all future legal financial responsibility for the bridge, which may include an agreement to hold the City of Chicago harmless in any liability action.
All costs associated with the bridge removal shall be the responsibility of the entity requesting to move the structure.
Interested parties should send a letter, along with funding means, location of bridge placement, means of moving structure and timetable for move. It should be noted that the bridge will be required to be moved in coordination with the bridge replacement project schedule.
Letters of Interest should be sent to:
Chicago Department of Transportation
Division of Engineering Attn: Mr. Luis D. Benitez, P.E., S.E.
30 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Or contact Mr. Luis D. Benitez, P.E., S.E., Chief Bridge Engineer at (312) 744-5807. Normal business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Proposals must be received by July 27, 2018 to be considered for transferal of bridge responsibility.