Wells Street to be Rebridged over the River Chi

View of Wells Street Bridge from the Merchandise Mart (Kevin Gebhardt WCHI News)

Since 1922, the Wells Street Bridge has served as one of the City’s dominant Chicago River crossings.  It also supports the Purple and Brown CTA lines. On November 5th, the vehicular street level will close until it the bridge redevelopment project is finished at the end of 2013.  All traffic – motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians – will be rerouted to the LaSalle and Clark Street bridges over the river.  CDOT even installed steel plates on southbound Clark Street so cyclists will not have to ride over the grates.

Good news for train travelers, the CTA will continue to use the bridge’s upper level during the construction period. However, 2 9-day service interruptions will occur next spring when the CTA begins reconstruction on the Loop’s “L” intersection at Lake and Wells Street,  also known as Tower 18.

The bascule Wells Street Bridge has stood the test of Chicago’s history since 1922, and its redevelopment will preserve its standing for future generations.

More information on Chicago’s City Website